Saturday, November 04, 2017

Birju Salla seeks bail in hijacking case

Ahmedabad: Mumbai jeweller Birju Salla, who has been booked under Anti-Hijacking law for allegedly planting a letter in the lavatory of a Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight warning of hijackers and a bomb on board, has sought bail from the city sessions court on Friday.
Salla's advocate S V Raju said that the bail is sought first on the ground that he had committed no offence that warrants invocation of Anti-Hijacking laws.
The city crime branch did not have power to book Salla in this offence.
The senior counsel further said that only a letter was found and that too was hidden. Moreover, it was not Salla's handwriting. He never took control of the flight and hence there is no prima facie case against him under Anti-Hijacking laws.
The court is likely to hear the bail plea on November 8. Salla is under judicial custody after the court refused his police remand. Police claimed that Salla's crime was a premeditated one as he had written the note first in English and then translated it into Urdu using a translating tool on his laptop.
04/11/17 Times of India