Oppn leader alleges CPM-police conspiracy behind arrest of Youth Congress workers

VD Satheesan | Photo: Mathrubhumi

Thiruvananthapuram: Opposition leader VD Satheesan took a dig at CPM and police after the High Court granted bail to the Youth Congress workers who were arrested over protesting against Chief Minister inside a flight. Welcoming the HC order, the opposition leader stated that judgement foiled the conspiracy of CPM and police.

On Thursday, the Kerala High Court granted bail to Youth Congress activists Farzeen Majeed and Naveen Kumar and anticipatory bail to Sujith Narayanan.

The High Court’s righteous intervention has foiled the conspiracy to jail the young men over an attempt to murder the CM, he pointed out.

Though LDF convener EP Jayarajan had said that the CM and CPM secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan were not present inside the flight when the youth staged the protest. But he later changed his statement with an evil intention to trap the youth in a fake case, he added.

The first two accused -- Furseen Majeed and R K Naveen -- who were arrested on June 14 and in the custody of the investigating agency till date were ordered to be released on bail by the court subject to the conditions that each of them would furnish a bond of Rs 50,000 with two sureties of the like amount.

The other conditions imposed on them were that they shall appear before the IO as and when required, shall cooperate with the investigation, shall not intimidate witnesses and shall surrender their passports, if they have it.

The third accused -- Sujith Narayanan -- was granted anticipatory bail subject to the same conditions as imposed on the other two as the high court was of the opinion that his custodial interrogation was not required.

The court further said that if the third accused was arrested by the police, he would be produced before the jurisdictional court and released on bail on furnishing a bond of Rs 50,000 with two sureties of the like amount.

The court, while granting the relief to Majeed and Naveen, observed that the report of the Airport Manager to the Station House Officer, Valiyathura Police Station, which is first in point of time, "only says that they were informed that an alleged altercation took place on board the flight between three passengers".

"A subsequent report by the Airport Manager dated June 14, 2022 also revealed that after landing as soon as seat belt sign went off, the said passengers immediately stood up from their respective seats and rushed toward the Chief Minister, shouting slogans in the vernacular language and upon seeing this one of the passengers travelling with the Chief Minister intervened," the high court noted.

"Considering the nature of the allegations I feel that further custodial interrogation of the petitioners (Mujeed and Naveen) is not necessary...," Justice Abraham said in his order allowing the bail plea of the two accused.

While allowing Narayanan's anticipatory bail plea, Justice Abraham referred to the Airport Manager's reports and said that while the other two were arrested, there was no attempt to arrest the third accused and he left the aircraft like any other passenger.

"Insofar as there is no case that the motive for the alleged incident is of any personal enmity and it was a part of an agitation, there is no reason to believe that the petitioner (Narayanan) will repeat the alleged offence.

"As regards the contention of the Director General of Prosecution that custodial interrogation of the petitioner is required to unravel the larger conspiracy, I am not persuaded to think that custodial interrogation of the petitioner is required for that purpose," the judge said.

He also noted that none of the three were carrying any weapons and the motive behind the alleged incident was not personal enmity.

The prosecution had opposed the pleas of all three accused alleging that on June 13 evening when the CM's flight from Kannur landed at Thiruvananthapuram, the trio defied directions of aircraft crew, shouted threats at Vijayan, rushed towards him and attempted to murder him.

The prosecution also claimed that three accused caused hurt to the CM's security officer and deterred him from discharging his duty.

Narayanan in his plea had claimed that when the two Youth Congress workers, also known to him, shouted political slogans against the CM, LDF convener E P Jayarajan pushed them back with force and they fell to the floor of the aircraft.

(with inputs from PTI)

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