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Pawan Khera arrest highlights: Democracy under threat under BJP, says Cong chief Kharge

Pawn Khera arrest highlights: Congress leader Pawan Khera was deboarded from an IndiGo plane in which the Congress leaders were flying to Raipur.
Congress leader Pawan Khera during a press conference at AICC headquarter.
Congress leader Pawan Khera during a press conference at AICC headquarter.

Senior Congress leader Pawan Khera on Thursday was granted bail by the Supreme Court after his arrested by the Assam Police after hours of drama at the Delhi airport. 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....Read More

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.

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Feb 23, 2023 10:11 PM IST

Oppn would be strengthened when Congress becomes strong: Jairam Ramesh

Talking about opposition unity, Ramesh said it would be strengthened when the Congress becomes strong.

Feb 23, 2023 9:55 PM IST

Democracy, Constitution under threat in BJP rule: Cong chief Kharge

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the arrest of his party leader Pawan Khera and alleged that democracy and Constitution were under threat in the saffron party's regime. He was talking to reporters at Swami Vivekanand Airport Raipur after his arrival here to attend the Congress's 85th plenary session beginning Friday.

 

Feb 23, 2023 9:37 PM IST

KC Venugopal over the tarmac

"It is totally condemnable the way they are doing these things. We are all going to Raipur for the plenary session, Pawan Khera was also travelling with us, suddenly they deplaned Pawan Khera without any valid reason," Venugopal told PTI at the tarmac.

Feb 23, 2023 9:24 PM IST

Pawan Khera says, 'don't know, they told issue with luggage but..' on IndiGo row

Congress leader Pawan Khera said he was absolutely in dark about the reason why he was deboarded from the Raipur-bound IndiGo plane. In a video released by the Congress, the senior party leader said he was told that there was some issue with his luggage. Read more

Feb 23, 2023 9:10 PM IST

Pawan Khera's arrest was arbitrary and dictatorial: KC Venugopal

Press Statement issued by KC Venugopal. ( Twitter)
Press Statement issued by KC Venugopal. ( Twitter)

Pawan Khera's arrest was arbitrary and dictatorial and yet another cowardly attempt to derail 85th AICC Plenary in Raipur. BJP totally misguided if it believes that such laughable intimidation tactics are going to dissuade us from exposing its corruption and misgovernance: KC Venugopal

Feb 23, 2023 9:07 PM IST

Congress says all preparations in place for CWC polls

The Congress on Thursday said all preparations are in place for holding the CWC polls in case the steering committee decides in favour of having the elections for seats in the party's top decision-making body.

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said the party president Mallikarjun Kharge-led steering committee will meet at 10 am on February 24, the first day of the party's 85th plenary session in Chhattisgarh's Nava Raipur.

Feb 23, 2023 9:05 PM IST

‘BJP government tried to harass Pawan Khera’: Congress President Kharge

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday expressed his happiness after Pawan Khera was granted an interim bail by the Supreme Court after he was forcibly deplaned at the Delhi airport and subsequently arrested by the Assam police over his remarks against PM Modi. Read more

Feb 23, 2023 8:53 PM IST

‘Without furnishing FIR copy…in illegal manner’: Pawan Khera on his arrest

Congress leader Pawan Khera on Thursday said he was arrested by Assam police in an illegal manner, adding that he has complete trust in the judicial system. Read more

Feb 23, 2023 8:39 PM IST

Khera's apparent flub led to strong condemnation from the BJP

Khera had referred to the prime minister as "Narendra Gautamdas Modi" while criticising the government over the row involving the business conglomerate headed by Gautam Adani. The apparent flub led to strong condemnation from the BJP with its leaders accusing Khera of making fun of the prime minister and his late father.

Feb 23, 2023 8:23 PM IST

‘I salute the judiciary’: Pawan Khera after being released on interim bail

Congress leader Pawan Khera, who was granted interim bail over alleged derogatory remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Thursday said he saluted the judiciary and was grateful that the apex court upheld his liberties.

Feb 23, 2023 8:08 PM IST

Khera had been the subject of BJP ire ever since his remark.

Congress leader Pawan Khera had been the subject of BJP ire ever since his remark on PM Modi.  Home minister Amit Shah while adrresing a rally in Nagaland had said, “The kind of language the Congress spokesperson has used (for PM) and the sort of reaction it has drawn from people from across the country... you will see Rahul Gandhi that the Congress will not be visible even through telescope after the Lok Sabha polls in 2024.”

BJP leaders in Delhi also took out a protest march in the city on the matter.

Feb 23, 2023 7:53 PM IST

The Indigo flight reached Raipur after a delay of 4 hours

The New Delhi-Raipur flight was delayed and IndiGo staff said the passengers will be put on another flight to Raipur.

The majority of the passengers had boarded when drama ensued as Khera was asked to deplane. The passengers were taken back to the plane in buses later in the afternoon and headed to Raipur only around 4 pm, almost four hours after the scheduled time of 11.45 am.

Feb 23, 2023 7:44 PM IST

Khera's arbitrarily arrest our only contention: Counsel Boparai

Counsel for Pawan Khera, Aadil Singh Boparai said that the main contention is that he was arrested arbitrarily and has been a breach of the Supreme Court's direction.

"The only contention is that he was arrested arbitrarily and has been a breach of the Supreme Court's direction. He was not served any notice and till 4 pm we were not given the FIR copy. We will exercise all our legal remedies," he said. 

Feb 23, 2023 7:34 PM IST

‘I am going there right now’: Pawan Khera on Congress' 85th plenary session

I am going there right now, says Congress leader Pawan Khera when asked about his next step for the party's 85th plenary session in Raipur. Khera was arrested by Assam Police earlier today. In a hearing taken up by Supreme Court later in the day, he was granted interim bail

Feb 23, 2023 7:32 PM IST

Khera's remarks part of a wider conspiracy to destabilise the nation

The complainant also alleged that Khera's remarks were "a part of a wider conspiracy to degrade and destabilise our nation by defaming and disreputing the person, who is holding a high constitutional post as Prime Minister of India".

Feb 23, 2023 7:29 PM IST

Khera intentionally caused a breach of public peace: Changsan in his FIR alleged

The Congress leader "intentionally" caused a "breach of public peace, with an intent to incite violence and disturb peace and tranquility in the society" and the statements were made to "cause public mischief", the FIR alleged.

Feb 23, 2023 7:22 PM IST

BJP leader Hen Samuel Changsan lodged complaint against Khera

Dima Hasao Superintendent of Police Mayank Kumar told PTI that BJP leader Hen Samuel Changsan, an Executive Member of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council,  filed a complaint against Khera on Wednesday at Haflong police station for his comments on PM Modi and other issues.

 

Feb 23, 2023 7:03 PM IST

'Will stregthen Rahul Gandhi's effort,' says Pawan Khera after release

Pawan Khera talking to media after he was granted interim bail said, “Our struggle to protect this nation, protect constitutional values - my leader Rahul Gandhi is carrying on his struggle fearlessly, I will strengthen his effort.”

Feb 23, 2023 6:51 PM IST

Khera says he is leaving to Raipur to attend party's 85th plenary session

Congress leader Pawan Khera after he was granted interim bail said that he is leaving to Raipur shortly to attend party's 85th plenary session. “I am going there right now,” Khera said. 

Feb 23, 2023 6:44 PM IST

'Was deboarded in illegal manner, trust judicial system,' says Pawan Khera after release

Without furnishing a copy of FIR and notice, I was deboarded from the aircraft and arrested by Assam Police in an illegal manner. I have complete trust in the judicial system which protected my freedom of expression today: Congress leader Pawan Khera after court grants interim bail.

Feb 23, 2023 6:36 PM IST

Supriya Sule on Pawan Khera arrest row

The deplaning of @INCIndia Leader Pawan Khera (@Pawankhera) from an IndiGo flight today is a condemnable act that infringes upon his right to freedom of expression and political association: NCP leader Supriya Sule

Feb 23, 2023 6:33 PM IST

Khera granted bail on a bond of ₹30,000

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Archana Beniwal granted interim bail to Khera, who was produced before the court, on a bail bond of 30,000 and one surety of the like amount.

The magistrate passed the order around 6.10 pm after receiving a copy of the apex court's order for Khera's release.

Feb 23, 2023 6:30 PM IST

Pawan Khera's arrest (and release) from Delhi Airport: The full story

Congress leader Pawan Khera was arrested by Assam Police Thursday in controversial fashion; he was de-boarded from an IndiGo flight to Raipur by Delhi Police and detained till their colleagues from the northeastern state arrived to arrest him over allegedly derogatory remarks about prime minister Narendra Modi. Read more

Feb 23, 2023 6:23 PM IST

Dwarka court grants interim bail to Congress leader Pawan Khera

Dwarka court grants interim bail to Congress leader Pawan Khera in view of the order passed by the Supreme Court. The court granted him interim bail on furnishing a bond of 30,000. He was arrested by Assam Police earlier today.

Feb 23, 2023 6:20 PM IST

BJP is worried of Congress' plenary session

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was worried due to Congress's successful Bharat Jodo Yatra, and now it is scared of the 85th plenary session of the Grand Old Party which will start from Friday, says Jairam Ramesh.

Feb 23, 2023 6:07 PM IST

Pawn Khera's arrest a new example of PM Modi's vendetta politics: Jairam Ramesh

Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh calls action against Pawan Khera new example of PM Modi's politics of "vendetta, harassment and intimidation".

Feb 23, 2023 5:59 PM IST

‘Common people should not suffer like this’: Passengers share ordeal 

Amid the sloganeering, several passengers, distressed by the delay, came down to witness the goings-on while many just sat in the plane asking those returning to the aircraft after witnessing the scenes how much delay would happen.

Several passengers said common people should not suffer like this and the matter should be dealt with in a manner that does not hamper their schedule.

Some also complained that they had small children waiting for them at home and the delay had put them in a fix.

Feb 23, 2023 5:53 PM IST

Several senior Congress leaders joined the protest at airport

Unprecedented scenes were witnessed as Congress leaders sat on a dharna near the aircraft at the tarmac and raised slogans such as 'Jab jab Modi darta hai, police ke peeche chupta hai' and 'Tanashahi nahi chalegi'.

Congress leaders refused to allow Khera to be taken by the police demanding written documents such as an FIR or an arrest warrant.

By this time, several senior leaders and former ministers such as Mani Shankar Aiyar and Tariq Anwar, who were travelling in the plane, also came down and joined the protest.

Feb 23, 2023 5:52 PM IST

Khera deplaning: Dharna at tarmac, sloganeering and distressed passengers

High voltage drama was witnessed at the Delhi airport on Thursday after Congress leader Pawan Khera was deplaned from a Raipur-bound aircraft, leading to sloganeering and dharna at the tarmac by party leaders, even as other passengers quizzically stared at the goings-on.

Feb 23, 2023 5:42 PM IST

BJP wants to stop Congress plenary session from happening: Kharge

When Congress plenary session is happening in Chhattisgarh, our leaders are being raided by ED and IT. They (BJP) want to stop this session from happening but people of Chhattisgarh along with govt here are working towards conducting this session, ANI reports quoting Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge

Feb 23, 2023 5:34 PM IST

‘I’m happy with SC order’: Mallikarjun Kharge

BJP govt tried to harass Pawan Khera. I’m happy with SC order, it's a tight slap on their face. I condemn this action by BJP. In Parliament also, we were stopped from raising issues. They’re trying to eliminate freedom of speech. Democracy in threat, ANI quoted Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge. 

Feb 23, 2023 5:30 PM IST

Words used by Khera do not attract penal provisions

The bench noted Singhvi's submission that the words used by Khera do not attract penal provisions of offences which have been invoked against him.

Feb 23, 2023 5:21 PM IST

Congress is playing the ‘victim card’: BJP

Congress is playing the "victim card" after using derogatory words against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his family members, says BJP. 

Feb 23, 2023 5:19 PM IST

BJP-led Centre trying to disturb Cong plenary session, says Chhattisgarh CM

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Union government after his party colleague Pawan Khera was deplaned and detained at Delhi airport and called it a conspiracy to disturb the 85th plenary session of the Congress starting in Raipur.

Feb 23, 2023 5:18 PM IST

Jairam Ramesh briefs reporters in Raipur 

Feb 23, 2023 5:15 PM IST

India will not forget or forgive 'horrible' remarks: Assam CM Sarma

Feb 23, 2023 5:10 PM IST

Assam's image marred due to state govt's activities: APCC President Bhupen Borah

Assam Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Bhupen Borah said that the state's 'honour and regard has dropped in the entire country' because of the police action on Congress leader Pawan Khera.

Feb 23, 2023 5:01 PM IST

Puducherry former CM V Narayanasamy on Khera's arrest

This is only a threat tactic to create confusion among the political cadres of that party. This shows that the Narendra Modi Govt is perplexed: V Narayanasamy, former CM of Puducherry, in Raipur, Chhattisgarh

Feb 23, 2023 4:50 PM IST

'Harassment Modi style' says Congress; Tharoor asks how can…

Congress general secretary in charge of communications Jairam Ramesh said that Khera's arrest ahead of the party's plenary session was “harassment pure and simple-Modi style”. Read more

Feb 23, 2023 4:43 PM IST

Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate on Khera's arrest

"We are all on the @IndiGo6E flight 6E 204 to Raipur and all of a sudden my colleague @Pawankhera has been asked to deplane," Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate, who was also on the flight, said.

"What sort of high handedness is this? Is there any rule of law? On what grounds is this being done and under whose order?" she added.

Feb 23, 2023 4:36 PM IST

Passengers on Pawan Khera’s flight asked to deboard, to be put on another plane

Passengers on Pawan Khera’s flight asked to deboard, to be put on another planePassengers on the Raipur-bound Indigo flight from which Congress leader Pawan Khera was deplaned, have been asked to deboard the plane as well and told that they will be put on another flight, news agency PTI reported. Read more

Feb 23, 2023 4:31 PM IST

Chhattisgarh CM Baghel on Pawan Khera's arrest

Feb 23, 2023 4:27 PM IST

Delhi Police on Pawan Khera row

Delhi Police said that a request was received from Assam Police for assistance in the arrest of accused Pawan Khera in case FIR No. 19/2023, PS Dima Hasao, District Haflong, Assam, reports ANI.

Feb 23, 2023 4:22 PM IST

Assam Police arrest Pawan Khera at Delhi airport; ‘Is Himanta god,’ asks Cong | 10 points

The Supreme Court has granted Congress leader Pawan Khera protection from arrest till Tuesday and ordered his release on interim bail upon production before a magistrate in Delhi. Read more

Feb 23, 2023 4:20 PM IST

‘Ready to fight the long battle’: Pawan Khera 

Congress leader Pawan Khera on Thursday said that he is "ready to fight the long battle" soon after Assam Police arrested him in the national capital.

"We will see (in which case they are taking me). It's a long battle and I'm ready to fight," said Khera as Delhi Police took him after he was deboarded from an aircraft at Delhi airport.

Feb 23, 2023 4:14 PM IST

'Your bag has a wrong tag’: How Pawan Khera was taken into custody

The boarding for an 11.40am Delhi-Raipur IndiGo flight was nearing completion when Congress leader Pawan Khera was asked to deplane. Khera said he was told his baggage was tagged wrongly. Read more

Feb 23, 2023 4:09 PM IST

Khera to be released on interim bail after being produced before competent magistrate

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud said that upon being produced before the competent magistrate in Delhi, Khera would be released on interim bail.

"The above order will remain operational till Tuesday (February 28)," the bench, also comprising Justices M R Shah and P S Narasimha, said and listed the matter for February 27.

Feb 23, 2023 4:08 PM IST

Cannot use such "derogatory words" against PM: Additional Solicitor General

Additional Solicitor General Aishwarya Bhati, who appeared for the Assam Police, played the audio-video clip of the alleged remarks in the open court and said Khera cannot use such "derogatory words" against a democratically elected prime minister of the country.

Feb 23, 2023 4:05 PM IST

Congress is not above the law: BJP on protest against Khera's arrest

The BJP on Thursday hit back at the Congress for protesting police action against its spokesperson Pawan Khera, saying the opposition party's leaders should not live in this "misconception" that they are above the law and criticised them for their agitation on the Delhi airport tarmac.

"Whatever is done is done lawfully. Congress leaders should not live under this misconception that they are above the law," BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia, reports PTI.

Feb 23, 2023 3:58 PM IST

Jairam Ramesh on Pawan Khera's arrest

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