AKG Centre attack: Court rejects bail plea of Youth Congress leader Jithin

Accused Jithin, Screenshot from CCTV footage

Thiruvananthapuram: Judicial Magistrate Court here declined bail to Jithin, the accused in the AKG centre attack case. The court agreed with the arguments of the prosecution. The Youth Congress leader will continue in judicial custody.

The Crime Branch recorded the arrest of Jithin on September 22, for allegedly hurling a 'high-intensity explosive' at the AKG Centre, the CPM state headquarters. Later, the accused was produced in the court and sent for remand.

Prosecution asserted that strong scientific evidence was collected against the accused and informed the court that the investigation was progressing. CB is probing the conspiracy behind the attack. If bail is granted, the accused may tamper with evidence, the prosecution alerted the court. Prosecution asserted that the accused had committed a serious offence. A disaster was evaded only because the explosive got hit on the compound wall, it argued.

Meanwhile, Jithin pleaded not guilty. The defence lawyer argued that it was a minor cracker that was hurled at the AKG Centre. Only a metal piece on the wall was broken by it. Jithin questioned why the face of the attacker is unclear in the CCTV footage and why the police could not find the scooter used for the attack. Prosecution replied that the offence was carried out following deliberate planning and a detailed investigation has to be conducted.

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