Plane crash case: Court issues summons against Raja Bhaiyya



Pratapgarh: A local court has issued summons to controversial independent MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya and two others in a case in which the former UP minister was accused of flying a two-seater plane without a license which crash-landed here last year.

"On the basis of a chargesheet filed by police, the court has directed Kunda MLA, Raja Bhaiyya, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and pilot Captain Ramesh chandra Ramnani to appear in person before it on July 3," prosecution sources said.

Raja Bhaiyya and two others had a close shave on the evening of March 22 last year after the private 'microlite' aircraft they were flying crashed on the banks of Chausa river in Dheemi village of Pratapgarh district.

Raja Bhaiyya and the pilot sustained serious injuries in the accident.

It was alleged that Raja Bhaiyya was flying the aircraft at the time of the crash.

Later an FIR was lodged at Hathgawan police station against Raja Bhaiyya, Zulfiqar and Capt Ramnani under Section 2/3 of the Aircraft Act 1934 and Sections 279, 338, 201 of the IPC. The sections cover charges of flying an aircraft without a licence, flying in a prohibited area, not informing ATC before flying and causing danger to public by flying without a skilled pilot.

Director (Safety), Civil Aviation Department, Ramnath also probed into the incident.

The investigating officer recently filed a chargesheet against the three accused in the court, the sources said.

PTI