Air India ‘pee-gate’: Delhi court upholds bail order for suspect
Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House courts Komal Garg reserved her order on the plea after arguments from both sides.
Lawyer Manu Sharma, who appeared before Mishra, stated in court that Delhi police registered an FIR in only one non bail offense while others are criminal offences.
The public prosecutor opposed the defendant’s request for bail on the grounds that the defendant is a powerful person and, if bail is granted, could influence the complainant.
The PP also said that the police have filed a review request against the refusal of pre-trial detention and that is scheduled for Thursday. The court was further told that statements from three crew members and two to three passengers have yet to be recorded.
The complainant’s lawyer argued that drunkenness should never be used as an excuse, adding that the court should examine whether bail can be granted to an offender who first apologized but later retracted.
The lawyer also told the court that the suspect’s father had sent the victim a message on WhatsApp saying that karma would affect her, but later deleted the message.
On January 7, the court sent Mishra to 14 days in custody.
Mishra is booked under sections 510 (misconduct in public by a drunken person), 509 (insult to a woman’s modesty), 294 (sings, recites or utters obscene songs, ballads or words, in or near a public place), and 354 (intended to outrage modesty) of the Indian Penal Code, as well as part of the Aircraft Rules Act in a case registered at the IGI Airport Police Station.
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