A man accused of exposing himself and pissing on an elderly woman on a flight from New York to Delhi in November last year claimed that the passenger peed on himself instead.
Shankar Mishra was reportedly drunk on an Air India flight on 26 November when he allegedly unzipped his pants and peed on seventy people sitting in business class.
Mr Mishra, an employee of the American financial services company Wells Fargo, was arrested last week. He was denied bail and was sent to 14-day probation on Saturday.
The defendant’s lawyer, Ramesh Gupta, said in a session court on Friday that Mr Mishra was innocent and that the woman had pissed on herself.
The lawyer claimed that the woman “suffers from certain prostate-related diseases” and added that several Kathak (classical) dancers suffer from it.
The lawyer said, “The seating system was such that no one could go to his seat… His seat could only be approached from behind, and in any case, urine could not reach the front of the seat.”
Responding to the allegations, the 70-year-old woman said that her words “completely contradicted and completely contradicted the statements of the defendant in his bail application and the case he was defending”.
reported to have been said by NDTV He said that “instead of regretting the extremely heinous act he committed, he adopted a campaign to spread misinformation and lies with the aim of further harassing the victim.”
He added that his intention is to ensure that institutional changes are made “so that no one has to go through the horrible experience that the victim went through.”
Mr Mishra’s lawyers claimed that there was another woman sitting next to the 70-year-old who was unaffected, which would not have been possible if the banker had pissed on the victim.
“How can this happen, how can the other woman not be enraged?” the lawyer asked. “This logic fails in fundamental physics, and we’ve been saying it all along. There is no ancient animosity between the two, the arguments don’t make sense.”
N Chandrasekaran, chairman of Air India’s owner Tata Sons, spoke last Sunday of his “personal anguish” over an incident, saying the airline’s response “should have been much quicker” and conceded that it had “failed to handle this situation in this way”. should have been”.
The airline crew was accused of not taking any action against the man at the time, and the incident came to light earlier this month when the woman wrote a letter to Mr Chandrasekaran.
His announcement came after the country’s aviation regulator suspended the Tata Group-owned airline for mishandling the case.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation described the crew’s “professional handling of the incident” and criticized the airline for making a “systemic failure” on the issue.
The organizer ordered Air India’s senior officials, the flight’s pilot and crew, to issue a statement regarding their behavior within two weeks.