Sunday, January 08, 2023

Court sends Air India accused to judicial custody for 14 days

Observing that it will go by the law and not public pressure, a Delhi court Saturday sent Shankar Mishra, the Air India passenger accused of urinating on a woman on a New York-Delhi flight, to 14 days in judicial custody.

Metropolitan Magistrate Anamika at Patiala House Court rejected a three-day police custody application moved by Delhi Police, saying: “Just because of public pressure, don’t do this. We will go by the law… This is the stage of remand. He has joined the investigation. Let facts come on record… Police custody is not a punishment. There is a reason for police custody,” the court said.

The Delhi Police arrested Mishra from Bengaluru Saturday following an examination of his call detail records. Police said Mishra did not cooperate with the investigation and was “deliberately avoiding the joining of investigation”.

The police moved a three-day remand application, stating they had to interrogate the accused, record the statement of crew members, collect video footage of the offence and record the statement of the victim.

The judge, however, said that in her opinion, “all reasons for PC (police custody) remand do not require the physical presence of the accused”.

“Statement of some of the crew members already taken by IO (investigating officer). The statement of crew members and pilot can be recorded. There is no requirement for the accused to be taken to police custody. It is a settled proposition, just for the sake of interrogation, he cannot be taken under custody,” the court said.

It said there was “no material to show any further interrogation is required for conducting investigation at this stage”.

08/01/23 Anand Mohan J/Indian Express

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