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Citing ‘Aircraft Layout’- Lawyer Disagrees with Flying Ban on Mishra

NEW DELHI: Disagreeing with the findings, the leagl team of Shankar Mishra- the man who allehedly urinated on his co-passenger under the influence of alcohol has on Friday said they are in the process of appealing this decision in accordance with the DGCA CAR for Unruly Passengers.

His advocates Ishanee Sharma and Akshat Bajpai said, “We would particularly like to point out that the Internal Inquiry Committee’s ruling hinges upon their incorrect understanding of the layout of the Aircraft.”

“When the Committee could not find an adequate explanation as to how the accused could have urinated on the complainant sitting on seat 9A without also affecting the passenger on Seat 9C, it has erroneously gone on to assume that there was a seat 9B in the business class in the aircraft and imagined that the accused could have stood at this imaginary seat and urinated on the complainant on seat 9A. However, there is no seat 9B in the business class on the craft – only seats 9A and 9C,” the statement said, adding they disagree with their findings.

The Air India on Thursday banned Mishra from flying with the airline for four months after an internal committee determined that he was an unruly passenger who allegedly urinated on a co-passenger.

“The independent 3-member Internal Committee under the chairmanship of ex-District Judge has concluded that Shankar Mishra is covered under the definition of “unruly passenger” and banned from flying for 4 months as per relevant provisions of Civil Aviation Requirements,” said an Air India spokesperson on Thursday.

Mishra is under judicial custody since arrested on January 6th.The Metropolitan Magistrate of Delhi’s Patiala House Court had also denied him bail in the matter.

An First Information Report (FIR) against him on January 4 on a complaint given by the woman who was aboard an Air India flight on November 26th last year under sections 354, 509, and 510 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Section 23 of the Indian Aircraft Act.

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