Air India’s Urination Case is unfolding into many complexities. Shankar Mishra, who has been accused of urinating on a woman mid-air aboard an Air India flight has been arrested in Bengaluru. The authorities arrested Mishra in Bengaluru last night and now he has been flown to Delhi for further introspection.
Police had issued a notice to trace the 34-year-old Shankar Mishra and informed the immigration office to keep eye on him so that he couldn’t escape from the country. Mishra has been recently dismissed by his company for the act.
Shyam Mishra, father of Shankar Mishra on Friday refused to agree to his son urinating on a 72-year-old woman inside the flight. He called the case against his absconding son completely false. He told that his son hadn’t slept for 30-35 hours. He said he may have consumed the drink given by the crew but he didn’t do anything after that. He said he was questioned by the airline after he woke up. He also stated that his son can not do that to a woman, who was like his mother and he has an 18-year-old daughter.
“She (woman who was peed upon) had demanded some payment and it was paid as well. I don’t know what happened after that. There must have been some demand of hers that may not have been fulfilled that got her angry or hurt her ego. Quite possible this is being done to blackmail him,” said Shankar Mishra’s father Shyam Mishra as quoted by NDTV.
The two parties involved had made a settlement but the woman’s daughter returned the money on December 19, over a month after the incident occurred.
“The WhatsApp messages between the accused and the lady clearly show that the accused had got the clothes and bags cleaned on November 28 and the same was delivered on November 30. The lady’s persisting grievance was only concerning the adequate compensation being paid by the Airline for which she has raised a subsequent complaint on December 20, 2022,” Mishra said in the statement.
The settlement by both parties has also been acknowledged by the cabin crew statements to the inquiry committee instituted over the matter, Mishra’s lawyers said. There are no eyewitnesses to the incident and details reported on the incident are hearsay, they added.
Air India had been accused by the woman for not taking adequate action against the man but Air India stated that the enquiry is being conducted. Earlier, the woman passenger had claimed that she was made to face Shankar Mishra by Air India despite being uncomfortable and he had pleaded and begged her not to file a complaint, which is why she didn’t take action earlier.
Based on the woman’s complaint, a case was registered under sections 294 (obscene act in a public place), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 509 (word, gesture, or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 510 (misconduct in public by a drunken person) of the Indian Penal Code as well as under Aircraft Rules.
DCW chief Swati Maliwal recently said, “It’s shocking to note that the accused haven’t been arrested yet. Simply banning the person isn’t enough. I’m issuing notices to Delhi Police, DGCA & Air India in the matter.”
Since the accused is under arrest and being questioned by the authorities, the case is far from over. Stay tuned to know more…