Mursalim Sheikh, 27, the man who created a mid-air scare in a Mumbai-Delhi Indigo flight, was released on bail on Friday because the court found him to be mentally unstable.
After being in judicial custody for a day, Sheikh was produced before the metropolitan magistrate, who released him on a bail of Rs25,000 and a surety of the same amount.
After hearing Sheikh’s bail plea, the magistrate said looking into Sheikh’s medical report which indicates that he is mentally unstable, the court granted him bail. He is likely to be released from jail on Saturday.
Sheikh, who is from Vikhroli, boarded the Indigo flight (6E196) on Wednesday evening from Mumbai and created a major security scare when he started shouting, threatening, assaulting the cabin crew and trying to run into the cockpit.
A case of assault, outraging the modesty of a woman and criminal intimidation has been registered against him.
During the hearing, the counsel for Sheikh had said he was not a threat and is a permanent native of Mumbai and deals in second-hand cars.
In Mumbai, Mursalim’s mother said that after he is released, his family members in Delhi would admit him to a hospital for treatment before bringing him to Mumbai.
"His health has been deteriorating since Wednesday," said Munni, 60. Saying that her son is a good man, she said Murasalim created a ruckus as his mental condition was not normal.
The family plans to bring Mursalim to Mumbai and admit him to Royal Hospital in Kurla (West) where he is being treated for the past few years.
His younger brother, Askin, is in Delhi to bring him back. Imran Sheikh, his cousin, said Mursalim was an honest man and has never abused anybody.
He added that Mursalim’s wife and three children are eagerly waiting for him to return.