In a relief to the 70-year-old passenger who was allegedly subjected to obscenity on an Air India flight, the Delhi Police on Wednesday registered an FIR against the accused. The accused has been identified as Mumbai resident businessman Shekhar Mishra, whose age is said to be between 45-50. Shekhar Mishra is accused of taking off his clothes and urinating on a co-passenger in an Air India flight from New York to Delhi on November 26, 2022. The police have registered an FIR against the accused on the basis of the complaint of the victim woman, which she had earlier submitted to the airline.
However, the police were informed about the incident on December 28 by the airline, after which they contacted the victim to get more details in the case. When Air India shared the woman’s detailed complaint with the police, a case was registered against the accused on January 4, 2023. The woman had submitted her written complaint to the airlines on November 27, 2022 itself. The accused has been booked under various sections of the IPC for outraging the modesty of a woman, misbehaving under the influence of alcohol, indecent act in a public place as well as under the aircraft rules.
According to sources, the Delhi Police has left for Mumbai to arrest the accused. Police will also initiate action against the airline for hiding information from the police and security officer after landing. Apart from this, the crew members of the flight will also be questioned by the police to find out about the incident. The incident took place on November 26 last year when Air India flight number 102 carrying John F. Was going to Delhi from Kennedy Airport. The 70-year-old victim has said in her complaint that she was sitting on an aisle seat in the business class when the man got up from his seat, unzipped his pants and urinated on her.
This is the incident at the time when the lights inside the flight are reduced after the meal. The airlines started investigating the matter only after the woman sent a complaint letter to N Chandrasekaran, chairman of the Tata group that acquired Air India in January 2022. In her complaint letter to the Chairman of the Tata Group, the woman had expressed her concern about the inaction of the cabin crew in taking action against the accused. He wrote that the airline crew was not proactive in dealing with the situation and no relief was given to him. Meanwhile, Air India, as opposed to putting the accused on the no-fly list for his misbehaviour, imposed a ban of just 30 years.