Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Dubai-based Kerala businessman gets bail in airport brawl case

Thiruvananthapuram: A court here Tuesday gave conditional bail to Madathil Reghu, an influential Dubai-based businessman, for allegedly manhandling a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) trooper at the airport early this month.
The Thiruvananthapuram chief judicial magistrate's court gave bail to Reghu on a deposit of Rs.500,000, two sureties and asked him to present himself for two days for police questioning.

Egyptian national Ahmmed Mohammed, who holds a British passport, was also involved in the brawl but got bail last week. The two jumped the queue at the immigration counter Feb 7 and allegedly manhandled the CISF trooper who sought to discipline them.

This case created a problem for the police here after the two, alleged to be close friends of Kerala Home Minister Kodiyeri Balakrishnan's son, initially got away after the brawl.

But things turned for the worse for the duo after the media took up this issue and the CISF top brass protested the manner the police hushed up the issue.

Following this, the Kerala government Feb 16 suspended two police officials who had failed to register a case against the two.

Last week, Mohammed surrendered and was let out on bail while Reghu went into hiding and secured anticipatory bail but was asked by the court to appear before it before Feb 26

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