Friday, January 13, 2023

'It wasn't me': Shankar Mishra takes a U turn in court, says he didn't urinate on complainant

Taking a U-turn, Shankar Mishra, the man accused of urinating on a woman co-passenger in an Air India flight, on Friday told the court that he didn't urinate on the woman complainant. Denying all charges levelled against him by the woman passenger, Mishra said that he didn't commit the offence and someone else is behind the incident.

"“I'm not the accused. There must be someone else. It seems she herself urinated. She was suffering from some disease related to prostate which several 'kathak dancers' seem to suffer from. It was not him. The seating system was such that no one could go to her seat," Mishra told the court in his defence through his lawyer.

"Her seat could only be approached from behind, and in any case the urine could not reach to seat's front area. Also, the passanger sitting behind the complainant did not make any such complaint,” his lawyer said.

The Delhi Court was hearing Delhi police's plea seeking custodial interrogation of the accused.

The counsel for the accused made the submission before Additional Sessions Judge Harjyot Singh Bhalla while arguing against a Delhi police petition seeking revision of an order passed by a magisterial court denying police his custodial interrogation. The judge disposed of the application, saying the submissions made before him did not seem to have been made in front of the Metropolitan Magistrate. He said police can approach the magisterial court with its application afresh.

“The first complaint was made by complainant a day after the incident. What was the claim? To refund. That was done by the airline. The police and press have turned this case into a joke... Was this case so big, was it a murder case that they reached Bangalore to arrest me and called me an absconder. He was removed from job,” the defence counsel said.

This is the first time when Mishra has claimed innocence in this case ever since the incidence came to light. The sordid event happened on an Air India New York-New Delhi flight on November 26 last year.

Yesterday, Metropolitan Magistrate Komal Garg had denied bail to Mishra while calling his act "utterly disgusting and repulsive".

The court had said the act has shocked the civic consciousness of people and needed to be deprecated.

According to police, the accused, Shankar Mishra, allegedly urinated on a woman co-passenger in an inebriated condition in the business class of the Air India flight from New York to Delhi on November 26 last year.

Delhi Police registered an FIR against him on January 4 on a complaint given by the woman to Air India and arrested him from Bengaluru on Saturday.

13/01/23 Economic Times

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