Shankar Mishra is accused of urinating on a female co-passenger on an Air India flight from New York, with whom he exchanged messages after the unflattering incident, his lawyer said. He even paid her Rs 15,000 as compensation and got her belongings cleaned, he claimed on Friday.
However, a WhatsApp exchange between the woman’s daughter and Mishra, which emerged on Friday, showed the family had refunded the money.
Mishra was appalled when he drunkenly urinated on his female passenger, a man in his 70s, in business class on an Air India flight from New York to Delhi on November 26 last year.
In a statement issued through his lawyers Ishanee Sharma and Akshat Bajpai, Mishra said he had washed the woman’s clothes and bag on November 28 and handed them over to her on November 30.
“Whatsapp messages between the accused and the lady clearly indicated that the accused washed the clothes and bags on 28th November and delivered them on 30th November.
“The woman expressly condoned the alleged conduct in her message and showed no intent to file a complaint. The woman’s ongoing grievances were only against adequate compensation paid by the airline, which she subsequently filed on December 20. Complaint, 2022,” the statement read.
In a Whatsapp message allegedly exchanged between them on November 27, the woman shared her phone number with Mishra and admitted receiving Rs 5,000. However, she added that her daughter and son-in-law were very disturbed by the incident. She told Misra that she had persuaded them not to complain because he was very sorry and completely unaware of the incident.
In a series of Whatsapp messages, the woman wrote that she hoped Misra would reform and keep his word.
Misra thanked her and promised he would never repeat such behavior.
The woman, although she seemed to forgive Mishra, said she was not happy with the Air India staff.
A day later, he told her in another message that her clothes and shoes had been sent for cleaning and would be “refurbished” in a day or two. He also wrote that he sent her another Rs 10,000.
In one of the messages sent to the “stewardess lady”, there was a screenshot of the transaction of Rs 10,000 and Rs 5,000, and a note stating that the payment was made at the woman’s request.
A message allegedly sent by the woman’s daughter on December 19 said she was traumatized by her experience and that the family was “frustrated, angry and outraged”. It said the family does not want his money and the money will be refunded via paytm. The woman’s daughter asked Misra not to have any further contact with her mother. There is also a screenshot of the transaction refund.
A statement issued by Mishra’s lawyers said, “The statements recorded by the crew before the Board of Inquiry show that there were no witnesses to the incident and all statements are just whimsical (sic) evidence. The settlement agreement reached by the parties is also confirmed.” Affirmed in the statement so submitted by the crew.
“The accused has full confidence in the nation’s judicial system and will cooperate with the investigation,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Mishra’s father in Boyisar, near Mumbai, said his son was innocent and he could not do such a thing to a woman of his mother’s age.
According to the FIR registered on Wednesday, the woman told the crew she didn’t want to see her abuser’s face and was “shocked” when the abuser was brought before her and he “started crying and apologizing profusely”.
Mishra’s employer, U.S. financial services firm Wells Fargo, has fired him, calling the allegations “deeply troubling.”
(Aside from the title, this story is unedited by NDTV staff and published via a syndicated feed.)
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