The man who urinated on a septuagenarian woman in a business class Air India flight from New York to Delhi has been identified as Shankar Mishra. The accuser was inebriated at the time of the incident on November 26, 2022. Mishra is the Vice President of the India Chapter of the US-based financial services company Wells Fargo.
A senior Delhi Police official told the News Agency PTI that Mishra is a resident of Mumbai and the investigation teams are trying to track him down. Mishra is a resident of Mumbai. We had sent our teams to Mumbai at his known locations, but he was absconding. Our teams are trying to track them. A case has been registered against Mishra under the following sections of the Indian Penal Code IPC 294 obscene act in public 354 assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty 509 word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman and 510 misconduct in public by a drunken person as well as section 23 of the Aircraft Rules.
Air India has taken serious cognisance of the incident and has imposed a 30 day flying ban on the errant passenger. The passenger was banned from flying with Air India for 30 days or until the decision of the internal committee is made, according to a statement by the airline. If found guilty, action against the unruly passenger will be taken as per regulatory guidelines. Arun Kumar, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation DGCA chief, told Business Today: We mean business and will take the matter to its logical conclusion. The civil aviation regulator has also issued show cause notices to the responsible manager, director of in-flight services, Air India, and pilots and cabin crew of the flight for their handling of the incident.
The concern of the airline appears to be unprofessional and has resulted in a systemic failure, according to the DGCA. The provisions on handling of an unruly passenger on board have not been complied with, according to the DGCA. The conduct of the airline appears to be unprofessional and has resulted in a systemic failure. It lacks appreciation of regulatory obligations. Wells Fargo said in its statement about the incident that the company is cooperating with the authorities. The company statement said Wells Fargo employees are held to the highest standards of professional and personal behavior. We are fully cooperating with the authorities in their inquiries regarding this incident.