Man accused of creating ruckus mid-air granted bail

A man arrested for allegedly creating a ruckus on board an IndiGo flight from Mumbai to Delhi was today granted bail by a court here for being ‘mentally unstable.’

Metropolitan Magistrate Pankaj Sharma released Mursalin Sheikh on bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs 25,000 with one surety of the like amount.

The court enlarged Sheikh on bail, taking note of medical documents, which indicated the accused was mentally unstable.

‘Considering the medical report that the accused was mentally unstable, I am inclined to grant bail to applicant (Sheikh),’ the court said.

The court had sent Sheikh to Tihar jail on Thursday for a day after reserving its order on his bail plea.

Sheikh’s counsel Rajat Sharma had submitted that his client deserved the relief as he was mentally unstable as per the medical records provided by the family.

Sheikh, 27, who hails from Mumbai, had boarded the IndiGo flight (6E196) on Wednesday from Mumbai and had allegedly turned violent midair, attacking the crew and threatening to take the plane down.

he Indigo flight, which had taken off from Mumbai at 3.15 pm on 7 November, was airborne for about an hour when Sheikh got agitated and began to talk threateningly, police had said.

He had also tried to move forward in the plane but was restrained by the crew and fellow passengers till the aircraft landed at the IGI airport here, they said.

The cabin crew also took security measures to block his access to the front of the aircraft, police had said adding Sheikh had slapped one of the air hostess.

In the meantime, the pilot-in-command had informed the airport authorities and requested for security personnel on arrival of the flight.

After the aircraft had landed at the IGI airport, Sheikh was handed over to the CISF.

Sheikh had refused to listen to the air hostesses and had even tried to storm the cockpit, the police had said.

A case of assault, outraging the modesty of a woman and criminal intimidation has been registered against him.

During the hearing, the counsel for Sheikh had said he was not a ‘flight risk’ and is a permanent native of Mumbai.

Sheikh, who deals in second-hand cars, has been booked for offences which allows bail, the lawyer had said.
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