The Indian police on Saturday arrested a top executive of a U.S.-based banking company in reference to an episode in late November wherein the chief is alleged to have urinated on one other passenger on an Air India flight from Latest York to Latest Delhi.
The chief, Shankar Mishra — who was recently fired from his job as a vp of the Indian subsidiary of Wells Fargo — faces charges under several Indian laws, including sexual harassment, obscenity and insulting the modesty of a girl. He has been sent to judicial custody for 14 days, in accordance with local media reports.
News of the episode, which became public after the airline filed a police criticism on Wednesday, has prompted outrage on Indian social media. The delay between the event and the criticism has also raised questions on how Air India handled the situation.
In response to an announcement from the victim, a 72-year-old woman whose name the police didn’t release, Mr. Mishra gave the impression to be drunk on the flight where it happened, in business class.
In a criticism written to the chairman of Air India on Nov. 27, the day after the flight arrived in Latest Delhi, the victim demanded the immediate arrest of Mr. Mishra upon landing. But against the victim’s wishes, the plane’s crew brought the passenger before her. He apologized and begged to be spared for the sake of his family.
“In my already distraught state, I used to be further disoriented by being made to confront and negotiate with the perpetrator of the horrific incident at close quarters,” she wrote within the statement to Air India’s chairman, which was included within the police criticism filed by the airline.
That was not the one issue she had with how the airline had handled the matter. She said that airline staff had refused to the touch her urine-soaked shoes and bags, merely spraying them with disinfectant. They provided airline pajamas and socks to alter into, she said, but initially refused her request for a distinct seat.
After the flight landed, Mr. Mishra agreed to pay for the lady’s belongings to be dry-cleaned, in accordance with an announcement issued by his lawyers. They said a WhatsApp chat between the 2 showed that Mr. Mishra had her clothes and bags cleaned on Nov. 28 and delivered to her on Nov. 30.
In response to the statement, her remaining grievance was with the airline, not Mr. Mishra. It will not be clear why Air India waited weeks to file a criticism with the police.
The police in Latest Delhi, where the criticism was filed, said that Mr. Mishra’s home in Mumbai, India’s financial capital, was locked when officers arrived there on Friday in reference to the case. They said that his relatives had not been cooperating with investigators. Mr. Mishra was found and arrested within the southern state of Karnataka on Saturday.
A representative of Air India declined to comment past saying that the corporate was cooperating with law enforcement officials.
Late on Friday, Wells Fargo said in an announcement that the corporate held its employees to the very best standards of skilled and private behavior, and that the person involved within the case had been fired.
Also on Friday, India’s top aviation regulatory body issued an advisory warning that airline firms needed to deal strictly with unruly passengers and to promptly file complaints with the aviation authorities, and that noncompliance would invite enforcement motion.