A 28 year old research scholar who was arrested for shouting anti BJP slogans on board a flight to Tuticorin was released on unconditional bail. Before granting bail, the Magistrate condemned Sophia’s unruly behaviour and asked her father to advise his daughter.
However it has brought on a political battle in the state. While the DMK and the social media and other opposition parties condemned the arrest, the BJP argued that freedom of speech and expression did not mean one could say anything, anywhere.There were designated places to express ones views. Senior State Minister D.Jayakumar said that if this kind of slogan shouting was allowed, demonstrators would prevent leaders to enter public places and discharge their duties.