The top court on Monday agreed to examine the plea of a 72-year-old woman, on whom a male co-passenger urinated on board an Air India flight in November last year, seeking a direction to the Centre, aviation regulator DGCA and airlines to frame an SOP to deal with such incidents.
A bench comprising Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices P S Narasimha and J B Pardiwala has issued notices to the concerned authorities and sought the assistance of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta in formulating the SOP. The case has been fixed for hearing in July after the summer vacation.
The woman had filed a PIL in March after Air India and DGCA allegedly failed to provide her with adequate care and responsibility following the incident. The accused, Shankar Mishra, was granted bail by a Delhi court on January 31 on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and a surety of the same amount.
The court imposed several conditions on him, including not tampering with evidence, not influencing any witnesses, and not leaving the country without prior permission. Mishra was arrested on January 6 from Bengaluru and sent to judicial custody the following day.
The incident occurred on November 26 last year when Mishra, allegedly in an intoxicated state, urinated on the woman in the business class of the Air India flight from New York to Delhi.
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