Apology To Complainant To ‘Kathak’ Argument — The Twists & Turns In Air India Pee Gate Case

Here’s a rundown of the events that have occurred since the “Air India Pee Gate” incident grabbed headlines. On November 26, 2022, a Mumbai-based businessman named Shankar Mishra allegedly urinated on a female passenger on an Air India flight. The events are listed in chronological order, with the first being the oldest and the last being the most recent:

Man Banned From Flying In Air India Flights After Urinating Incident Took Place:

On January 4, the passenger, who urinated on a woman passenger in the business class of a US-Delhi Air India flight has been banned from flying with Air India for 30 days. According to the spokesperson of Air India, the passenger has been banned from flying with Air India for 30 days or till the decision of the internal committee, whichever is earlier.

‘Incident Showcased A Systemic Failure’: DGCA Issued Notice To Crew And Staff:

The aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has issued notices to the officials and crew of an Air India flight scheduled to take off on November 26, 2022, asking why no action should be taken against them for “dereliction” of duty in the ‘passenger peeing on woman’ case. It was referring to an alleged event in which an inebriated man urinated on a female senior citizen co-passenger in business class.

According to the DGCA, based on its investigation, it appears that laws pertaining to controlling unruly passengers on board were not followed, and the airline’s conduct was unprofessional and demonstrated a systemic failure.

Woman Accused Cabin Crew Of Forcing Accused To Sit Next To Her:

The victim of the alleged urination on an Air India flight from New York to New Delhi detailed the incident and alleged that the cabin attendants forced the accused to sit next to her and brought him back in front of her against her will.  She further said that the man “unzipped his pants and peed on her” before continuing to stand.

Accused Gets Fired From His Job Following The Incident:

The employee of US-based Wells Fargo who is accused of peeing on a female passenger on an Air India flight from New York to Delhi has been dismissed. The Delhi Police contacted the legal department of the US-based company to offer their assistance with the ongoing investigations, a day after asking the relevant authority to issue a Look Out Circular (LOC) for the accused S Mishra, who has been charged under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

‘Charges Completely False’: Father Of Accused Dined Allegations:

Shankar Mishra’s father has claimed that his son is innocent of urinating on a fellow passenger on an Air India flight from New York to Delhi. “This is completely a false case. According to my son, he had his food and slept on the flight. He is 34 years old and I don’t think he can do such a thing. He has a wife and a daughter,” Mishra’s father was quoted as saying by the news agency PTI.

Shankar’s father defended him. In a bid to defend Shankar Mishra, his father Shyam Mishra on Friday said on camera that “perhaps he (his son) was being blackmailed”. He also claimed that the case against his son is “false”. He further said, “she (victim) had demanded payment and it was made. Don’t know what happened next. Must have demanded something that perhaps wasn’t met that upset her. Perhaps there was blackmailing, there must be something,” he said, reported ANI.

‘Apologised To Woman, Compensation Paid’

Shankar Mishra issued a statement on January 6, stating that the problem had been resolved and that compensation had been paid to the elderly woman.

“The WhatsApp chats between the accused and the lady clearly demonstrate that the accused had the clothes and bags cleaned on November 28 and delivered on November 30,” Shankar Mishra claimed through his lawyers in a statement.

The accused paid the agreed-upon restitution on Paytm on November 28, but her daughter returned the money almost a month later, on December 19, according to the lawyers.

As per media reports, the accused said that he apologised to the woman and pleaded with her not to report the incident to the police, citing the impact on his wife and child.

Air India Grounded Pilot And Crew Members:

The airline grounded one pilot and four cabin crew and issued a show-cause notice on January 7. According to YEARS, Air India CEO-MD Campbell Wilson stated, “In the case of the incident onboard AI102 operating between New York and Delhi on November 26, 2022, four cabin staff and one pilot have been issued show cause notices and de-registered pending the inquiry.”

Speedy Action Will Be Taken: Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has stated that speedy action will be taken in the matter of a man reportedly urinating on a female co-passenger on a flight from New York to Delhi in November. Shankar Mishra, 34, was detained on January 8 by the Delhi Police.

‘Crew Did Nothing To Pacify The Lady’: Co-Passenger Reveals

A co-passenger on the Air India flight said that the airline crew did nothing to pacify the distressed passenger.  S Bhattacharjee told news agency ANI that the event occurred after lunch was served. “He (accused) had 4 drinks & then was asking me the same questions multiple times,” Bhattacharjee stated.

‘Fell Short Of Responses, Response Should Have Been Swifter’: Tata Chairman

In response to the incident, Tata Sons chairman N Chandrasekaran released a statement on Sunday. “Air India’s response should have been much swifter. We fell short of addressing this situation the way it should have been,” Chandrasekaran said in a statement.

‘Unzipping Not Lustful’: Lawyer Of Man Tells Court

Accused Shankar Mishra told Delhi’s Patiala House Court on Wednesday that his ‘unzipping’ action was not motivated by sexual desire. “I couldn’t control my drink, but the unzipping was not for sexual desire. “The complainant’s case does not portray him as a lustful man,” Shankar’s lawyer stated in court.

Delhi Court Denies Accused Bail, Calls Incident ‘Utterly Disgusting’

A Delhi court on Wednesday refused bail to Shankar Mishra, accused of urinating on an elderly woman co-passenger on an Air India flight, calling the act “utterly disgusting and repulsive”. Metropolitan Magistrate Komal Garg noted that the crime disturbed people’s civic consciousness and needs to be condemned. The claimed act, in and of itself, prima facie demonstrates the accused’s purpose, she added, while refusing Mishra’s bail.

‘Woman Urinated On Herself, Most Kathak Dancers Have This Issue’: Accused Tells Court

Shankar Mishra, the accused in the Air India peeing incident, rejected the charges and told a Delhi court that the complaint woman urinated on herself due to incontinence, according to news agency ANI. “The seat of the complainant woman was blocked. He (Mishra) was unable to travel there. The woman suffers from incontinence. She peed on herself. “She is a Kathak dancer, and 80% of Kathak dancers have this problem,” Mishra’s lawyer quoted by ANI.