CM Pinarayi Vijayan quotes aviation safety act to argue EP need not be booked for in-flight action

Pinarayi Vijayan. Photo: ANI/File

Thiruvananthapuram: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday said that the Youth Congress state leadership planned the in-flight protest to attack him and EP Jayarajan's timely action prevented it.

He was responding to the demand of opposition leader VD Satheesan that police action must be initiated against EP Jayarajan for ‘beating’ the protesting Youth Congress workers in the IndiGo flight on June 13.

"My security officer S Anil Kumar and personal assistant VM Suneesh were harmed while trying to stop the attackers. They did not listen to the air hostess either. Timely involvement of EP Jayarajan, PA and security officer stopped them from reaching me," said CM in the Assembly.

He said that the police probe on the complaint against EP Jayarajan had found that there is no need to book him.

CM also quoted section 10 of Suppression of Unlawful Acts against Safety of Civil Aviation Act, 1982, to argue why EP need not be booked by police. The section states that "no suit, prosecution or other legal proceeding shall lie against any person for anything which is in good faith done or intended to be done in pursuance of the provisions of this Act.”

"As per this, no one can be booked for blocking the protestors who were marching towards the CM inside the flight," he said.

The Youth Congress workers were booked by the Valiyathura police for multiple charges, including murder attempt. They did not complain about being attacked inside the flight when they were arrested or produced before court. Days later, they filed a fresh complaint aiming to water down the severity of the case. It was probed and found that there is no need to book EP Jayarajan, said the CM.

The protest was pre-planned, as proved in the police inquiry. It was planned in the official WhatsApp group of the Youth Congress. Sponsors were arranged to book three tickets each worth Rs 13,000, said the CM

CM also quoted the leaked WhatsApp chat in the Assembly.

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