A “drunk” man was arrested after allegedly urinating on an elderly woman in the business class section of a plane.
The man, who is facing charges of injuring the woman’s private parts, was taken away. The Indian capital on Saturday, where he was detained for 14 days while police investigated.
The man, who was fired from his job at a high-profile banking firm following the allegations, could face up to three years in prison if convicted.
The Times of India newspaper reported on the suspect saying that he was drunk at the time of the alleged incident and could not believe what he had done.
A passenger on the flight told the newspaper that he saw the man drinking excessively and speaking slurred speech at the time of the alleged incident.
Meanwhile, the man’s father, speaking to Hindustan Times, termed the allegations as a “totally false case”.
She also claimed that her son “hadn’t slept for 30-35 hours” and fell asleep after drinking alcohol.
The alleged incident is said to have taken place in November last year, though Air India only filed a police complaint this week.
The company said the crew did not call the police upon landing in New Delhi because they believed the two men involved had settled the matter between them.
Meanwhile, Air India said it has issued a written notice and grounded one pilot and four cabin crew in connection with the incident.
The company faced criticism on social media for its decision to ban the man from flying with it for 30 days – a ban which activists said was not long enough.
The airline’s CEO and managing director, Campbell Wilson, said in a statement: “Air India recognizes that it could have handled these matters better in the air and on the ground and is committed to taking action. “
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