The Kerala High Court on Wednesday expressed concern over the increasing number of petitions coming before it seeking police protection.

The court observed that the police were inactive in dealing with cases seeking police protection whereas they were keen on settling civil cases. This had led to increase in number of petitions seeking police protection being filed, it said.

The court directed the government pleader to inform the matter to the State Police Chief and to issue a circular in this regard to all police stations.

A Division Bench comprising Justice S. Siri Jagan and Justice K. Ramakrishnan made these observations while considering a petition filed by Maria Aboobacker of Thottumugham at Aluva seeking police protection. The petitioner had pointed out that she was living under constant threat from her neighbours.

The petitioner, a widow living with her children, submitted that her neighbour used to make lewd remarks against her and made threatening phone calls. The neighbour even trespassed into her house and misbehaved and also attempted to manhandle her and children, the petition said.

The Aluva police submitted that the petitioner was creating unnecessary issues and there were cases against her son for several offences, including assault.

Senior government pleader Muhammed Shah submitted that the police should provide appropriate protection to the petitioner.

The court held that the police were free to probe the case registered against the petitioner's son.

CVR unavailable: AI

The Cockpit Voice Records (CVR) of Air India Express flight from Abu Dhabi to Kochi in which an alleged hijacking attempt took place were not available, Air India (AI) authorities told Kerala High Court on Wednesday. Air India filed the counter affidavit on a petition by P. Thajuddhin of Kollam regarding the hardships faced by the passengers of Air India Express to Gulf countries. It was pointed out that there was high drama at the Thiruvananthapuram airport on October 19, 2012, as the pilot of the Air India Express sounded a hijack alert.

The State government had submitted that the police investigation could not be completed in the case as Air India did not handover the CVR to the police despite repeated requests.

According to Air India officials, the Circuit Breaker (CB) of the CVR would be pulled out on completion of a flight and 15 minutes after the engines are shut down.

The incidents in the airport took place after the CB was pulled out and hence no voice recordings were available, it said.

It was also submitted that the pilots were illegally confined to the cockpit and were not even allowed to have water or use the toilet. The pilot communicated that the aircraft and its occupants were in danger when a few passengers forcefully entered the cockpit and threatened the pilot with dire consequences.

It was the unruly behaviour of some passengers that caused inconvenience to passengers, it said.