Air India peeing incident: Delhi court denies bail to Shankar Mishra
The Delhi Patiala Court on Wednesday denied bail to Shankar Mishra who was arrested for peeing on an elderly woman in a business class on an Air India flight.
Reports said Mishra’s lawyer told the court that the act of unzipping was not for any sexual desire of the accused and was not aimed at outraging the victim’s modesty. The court has reserved its order on the bail application filed by Mishra.
The Delhi Police has challenged the bail application saying Mishra can influence the complainant. Public Prosecutor representing Delhi Police said that 164 statements of the complainant were recorded along with several others and more statements are yet to be recorded, reports further said.
Mishra was booked under Sections 510 (misconduct in public by a drunken person), 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman), 294 (sings, recites or utters any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place), 354 (intending to outrage modesty) of the Indian Penal Code as well as a section of the Aircraft Rules Act in a case registered at IGI airport police station and sent to 14-day judicial remand by the court last week.
Following the incident, Mishra was also sacked by the US-based financial services company Wells Fargo.
Shankar Mishra hails from Mumbai and was arrested by the Delhi Police from Bengaluru. Reports said the police team issued an alert at the airport and also traced his phone and bank transactions.
Delhi Police had registered an FIR against him on January 4 on a complaint filed by the woman to Air India.
The Air India peeing incident created quite a stir on social media and several public figures reacted to the incident. Tata Group Chairman N Chandrasekaran reacted to the same and issued a statement saying it is a matter of personal anguish, and the company’s response should have been much swifter.