Shankar Mishra has been refused bail by a Delhi court for urinating on an elderly woman on an Air India flight. The court rejected Mishra’s bail application, saying bail was not appropriate at this stage.
In its order, the court said, “the conduct alleged is sufficient in itself to irritate the modesty of any woman.”
“Considering the above facts and circumstances, this Court is of the view that bail is not appropriate for the defendant at this stage. Accordingly, this application is dismissed,” Metropolitan Magistrate Komal Garg added in the order.
Earlier in the argument, Shankar Mishra’s lawyer said his actions were not motivated by sexual desire or to offend the complainant’s modesty.
However, the complainant’s lawyer opposed Mishra’s bail application, claiming she had been threatened.
On Saturday, the district court had sentenced Mishra to 14 days of judicial remand, refusing police to detain him.
Shankar Mishra allegedly urinated on a 70-year-old woman on a flight from New York to Delhi last year. He was arrested from Bengaluru last week, six weeks after his egregious behaviour.
Air India has been heavily criticized for not acting quickly. When the flight landed in Delhi, Mishra left without taking any action. The airline did not lodge a complaint with police until January 4, claiming they did not go to the police because they believed the two parties had “resolved the issue”.