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HC grants bail to Youth Cong employees who protested in opposition to Kerala CM on plane

The Kerala Excessive Courtroom on Thursday granted bail to 2 Youth Congress employees, who protested in opposition to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on board an plane after it landed at Thiruvananthapuram airport, saying their additional custodial interrogation was not required.

Justice Viju Abraham additionally granted anticipatory bail to the third accused within the case and directed him to give up earlier than the investigating officer (IO) on June 28 for interrogation and to cooperate with the probe. The primary two accused — Furseen Majeed and R Okay Naveen — who had been arrested on June 14 and within the custody of the investigating company until date had been ordered to be launched on bail by the court docket topic to the situations that every of them would furnish a bond of Rs 50,000 with two sureties of the like quantity.

The opposite situations imposed on them had been that they shall seem earlier than the IO as and when required, shall cooperate with the investigation, shall not intimidate witnesses and shall give up their passports, if they’ve it. The third accused — Sujith Narayanan — was granted anticipatory bail topic to the identical situations as imposed on the opposite two because the excessive court docket was of the opinion that his custodial interrogation was not required.

The court docket additional mentioned that if the third accused was arrested by the police, he can be produced earlier than the jurisdictional court docket and launched on bail on furnishing a bond of Rs 50,000 with two sureties of the like quantity. The court docket, whereas granting the reduction to Majeed and Naveen, noticed that the report of the Airport Supervisor to the Station Home Officer, Valiyathura Police Station, which is first in level of time, “solely says that they had been knowledgeable that an alleged altercation happened on board the flight between three passengers”.

“A subsequent report by the Airport Supervisor dated June 14, 2022 additionally revealed that after touchdown as quickly as seat belt signal went off, the mentioned passengers instantly stood up from their respective seats and rushed towards the Chief Minister, shouting slogans within the vernacular language and upon seeing this one of many passengers travelling with the Chief Minister intervened,” the excessive court docket famous.

“Contemplating the character of the allegations I really feel that additional custodial interrogation of the petitioners (Mujeed and Naveen) just isn’t essential…,” Justice Abraham mentioned in his order permitting the bail plea of the 2 accused.

Whereas permitting Narayanan’s anticipatory bail plea, Justice Abraham referred to the Airport Supervisor’s studies and mentioned that whereas the opposite two had been arrested, there was no try to arrest the third accused and he left the plane like every other passenger.

“Insofar as there is no such thing as a case that the motive for the alleged incident is of any private enmity and it was part of an agitation, there is no such thing as a purpose to consider that the petitioner (Narayanan) will repeat the alleged offence.

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“As regards the competition of the Director Normal of Prosecution that custodial interrogation of the petitioner is required to unravel the bigger conspiracy, I’m not persuaded to assume that custodial interrogation of the petitioner is required for that objective,” the choose mentioned.

He additionally famous that not one of the three had been carrying any weapons and the motive behind the alleged incident was not private enmity. The prosecution had opposed the pleas of all three accused alleging that on June 13 night when the CM’s flight from Kannur landed at Thiruvananthapuram, the trio defied instructions of plane crew, shouted threats at Vijayan, rushed in direction of him and tried to homicide him.

The prosecution additionally claimed that three accused precipitated harm to the CM’s safety officer and deterred him from discharging his responsibility. Narayanan in his plea had claimed that when the 2 Youth Congress employees, additionally identified to him, shouted political slogans in opposition to the CM, LDF convenor E P Jayarajan pushed them again with pressure they usually fell to the ground of the plane.

He had additionally claimed that he had left the airport premises and met his family members in a hospital and thereafter, he returned to Kannur by prepare on the identical day and was not concerned in any manner with the alleged incident. He mentioned that he was falsely implicated within the case to stop him from turning into a witness to the incident and talking in regards to the “brutal assault dedicated by E P Jayarajan on the 2 individuals, which he recorded in his cell phone”.

The opposite two accused of their joint plea had claimed that the allegations in opposition to them had been false as they’d solely raised slogans as a part of a peaceable protest urging the resignation of the CM. They’d additionally claimed that “by no stretch of creativeness, mere elevating of slogans will be portrayed as an try to kill the CM”.

Vijayan has been going through protests by the Congress and BJP employees ever since Swapna Suresh, a key accused within the gold smuggling via diplomatic baggage case, alleged that he and his relations had a job in some smuggling actions. Her prices had been termed baseless by the CM.

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