Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Ex-Air India pilot gets pre-arrest bail in rape case

Mumbai: A 30-year-old former Air India pilot was granted anticipatory bail by a sessions court last Thursday in a case of having sexual relations on the promise of marriage.

The man had approached the court apprehending arrest in the case of rape and cheating filed against him by the 43-year-old female colleague. His advocate argued before the court that the alleged incident dates to 2017 and the complaint was filed only in February this year. It was done only to harass him.

The pilot’s advocate also cited an inquiry report on the sexual harassment complaint she had made against him to Air India. The inquiry report by the internal complaints committee had exonerated the pilot and found instead that the woman was harassing him.

The pilot, in his plea, while denying physical relations with her, said that they had fallen in love, but when things didn't go well, he had stopped communication with her. He said that after he had become a pilot, the complainant had started pestering him to marry her and had started sending defamatory messages about him to his friends and family and threatening him on WhatsApp. The threats even led him to depression and he had made a police complaint against her in 2018.

In her police complaint, the woman had claimed that the man had stopped contact with her after he became a captain and had earlier established physical relations with her without her consent by promising marriage. She also claimed she had been funding him then.

13/10/20 Free Press Journal

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