Visuals of the dramatic incident happened inside the flight and the runway premises / Screengrab: Mathrubhumi News
Thiruvananthapuram: During the hearing of the case in connection with the Youth Congress protest against the Chief Minister inside the flight, opposition argued that the Kerala police have no right to investigate the case and hence the probe has to be entrusted to the National Security Agency. However, the government pleader Vembayam AA Hakkim stated that there is no legal hindrance for police to carry forward the investigation. The court informed that the issue would be resolved soon after analysing the National Security Act.
The defense lawyer raised the demand to transfer the case to the central agency while the court was considering the plea of the government to direct the prison authorities to produce the accused in court. The hearing proceeded under the district principal sessions judge PV Balakrishnan.
The defense team alleged that the police charged the accused under laws that would not fall in accordance to the aviation rules. The National Security Agency has the power to investigate a case registered based on similar charges, claimed the defense. It is also alleged that the case was fabricated by an official who is a leader of a union in connivance with CPM.
The court informed the prison authority to produce the accused on June 20. Youth Congress activists Farzeen Majid and Naveen Kumar were booked under charges of attempt to murder after staging protests against the CM from the IndiGo flight from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram.
Meanwhile, the investigation team decided to consider LDF convener EP Jayarajan as witness in the case. Youth Congress had lodged a complaint with the DGP stating that EP Jayarajan had shoved the protesters from the flight. DGP has handed over this to the special investigation team.