Pawn Khera arrests live: Congress leader Pawan Khera was deboarded from an IndiGo plane in which the Congress leaders were flying to Raipur.
Senior Congress leader Pawan Khera on Thursday was arrested by the Assam Police after hours of drama at the Delhi airport after an FIR was lodged against him for his comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Khera was earlier deboarded from an IndiGo flight to Raipur, where he was going to attend the AICC plenary session, which is scheduled to begin on Friday.
Pawan Khera was asked to come out of the flight for some luggage issue. As he got down, he was told that the DCP was coming and he won’t be able to fly. Both Delhi Police and the Assam Police reached the airport, while Congress leaders started protesting at the tarmac raising slogans against the government.
03: 21 Assam police opposes pre-arrest bail for Khera
Pawan Khera’s lawyer Singhvi seeks protection from arrest, adding the Congress spokesperson would cooperate with investigations.
Singhvi, representing Congress leader Pawan Khera, tells Supreme Court that Khera apologised and said that it was a mistake, a slip of tongue. Assam police opposes pre-arrest bail for Khera.
03:14 Assam police confirms Pawan Khera’s arrest in SC
Assam police confirms Pawan Khera’s arrest, shows the video to the bench in which Khera referred to the prime minister as Narendra ‘Gautam Das’ Modi.
03:05 Ashok Gehlot on Pawan Khera’s arrest
कांग्रेस के वरिष्ठ नेता श्री पवन खेड़ा को गिरफ्तार किये जाने पर मेरी प्रतिक्रिया – pic.twitter.com/xwKUvkHqsQ
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) February 23, 2023
03:04 Indigo issues statement on Pawan Khera deplaning row
Amid a political furor over Congress leader Pawan Khera being deplaned at Delhi airport from its Raipur-bound flight, IndiGo on Thursday said the passenger was deplaned by the police and it is following the advice of concerned authorities.
“The flight is delayed as of now and we regret the inconvenience caused to other passengers,” the carrier said in a statement.
“A passenger was deplaned by the police at the Delhi airport from Raipur-bound flight 6E 204. Some other passengers have also decided to deboard on their own accord,” it added.
The incident happened at Terminal 1 of the Delhi airport.
02:53 Has India become a banana republic: Venugopal after Pawan Khera deplaning row
Terming the arrest and deplaning of his colleague Pawan Khera from a Raipur flight condemnable, Congress leader K C Venugopal on Thursday accused the BJP of targeting the party’s plenary session and asked if India has become a banana republic.
02:30 SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on Khera’s arrest: Pawn Khera arrests live
What happened with Pawan Khera is not a new thing under BJP rule. When I wanted to go to Prayagraj, they (BJP) send officials to the airport & I was stopped from boarding the plane. The BJP govt doesn’t believe in democracy. That’s how they work, says SP chief Akhilesh Yadav.