Flight row: Case against youth congress leaders handed over to district sessions court

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Visuals of the dramatic incident happened inside the flight and the runway premises / Screengrab: Mathrubhumi News

Thiruvananthapuram: District Principal Sessions Court will now consider the case against Youth Congress workers for protesting against Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inside a plane.

The case was handed over to Sessions court by the Judicial First Class Magistrate Court after the state government pointed out that the magistrate did not have jurisdiction to consider the case. As a result, the bail plea before the judicial court also becomes invalid.

On Wednesday, the state government replaced the prosecutor with senior prosecutor Kallampally Manu. The state government pointed out that those criminal cases under the Civil Aviation Rules can only be considered by a special court.

According to the state government, Farseen Majeed, prime accused in the case, was included in the Rowdy list. As of now, he has 13 cases registered against him. However, the defendants said there was no need for the case to be handed over to the special court. They alleged that the state was trying to trap them in false charges without taking any action against EP Jayarajan, who is said to have shoved the protestors inside the flight.

On Monday evening, two Youth Congress Mattannur Mandalam President Farseen Majeed (28) and Kannur district secretary R K Naveenkumar (34), raised slogans against the Chief Minister aboard aircraft in which he travelled to Thiruvananthapuram from Kannur. There was also another person accompanying them. Valiyathura police have registered a case of attempted murder, obstructing a public servant, criminal conspiracy and aggravated assault that threatens the safety of an aircraft. Meantime, the Indigo Airlines is yet to file a complaint against the accused.

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