The Shankar Mishra row has taken a turn. In his recent statement to the Delhi sessions court, the accused stated that he did not urinate on the woman, instead, she urinated on herself.
In the defence of his client, Mishra’s lawyer said that the woman is a Kathak dancer and she peed on herself, due to a problem with incontinence. “The complainant woman’s seat was blocked. It wasn’t possible for him (Mishra) to go there. The woman has a problem with incontinence. She urinated on herself. She is a Kathak dancer, 80% of Kathak dancers have this issue,” ANI quoted the lawyer.
Mishra’s lawyer continued saying that the woman was suffering from a disease related to the prostate. He also claimed that the seating of the plane was not such that the accused could go from one place to the other.
“Sorry, but I have travelled as well. Anybody from any row can come around and go to any seat,” the judge said. The judge also demanded a diagram of the flight seating to understand the claim made by Mishra’s lawyer.
The defence lawyer also refuted the claim. “Her seat could only be approached from behind, and in any case, the urine could not reach the seat’s front area. Also, the passenger sitting behind the complainant did not make any such complaint,” said the defence lawyer.
The entire pee-gate episode unfolded on November 26, when Shankar Mishra, allegedly in a drunk state, unzipped and urinated on a 70-year-old woman. The Delhi police registered FIR against the accused under sections 354, 509, and 510 of the Indian Penal Code.
The complainant said that she wanted to file an immediate complaint against the man, but the “crew brought the offender” before the victim and he apologised so that no action is initiated against him.
Shankar Mishra, the India Vice-President of Wells Fargo, was later fired from his position.