Urination case: DGCA slaps Rs 30 lakh penalty on AI, suspends pilot’s licence for 3 months

20 January, 2023 | Pragati Singh

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Taking notice of the Air India urinating issue, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation slapped a Rs 30 lakh financial penalty on the airline on Friday, according to DGCA authorities. The flight&...

Taking notice of the Air India urinating issue, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation slapped a Rs 30 lakh financial penalty on the airline on Friday, according to DGCA authorities.

The flight’s pilot-in-license command’s has also been suspended for three months by the aviation authorities. According to the DGCA’s notice, the Pilot-In-license Command’s has been suspended for three months for failing to fulfil his responsibilities in accordance with Rule 141 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937, and related DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements.

“Financial Penalty of Rs 30,00,000 (Rupees Thirty Lakh only) has been imposed to M/s Air India for violation of applicable DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements,” it further said.

The Director-in-flight services of Air India have also been slapped with a financial penalty worth Rs 30 lakh for failing to discharge her duties as per applicable DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements.

“DGCA issued Show Cause notices to the Accountable Manager of M/s Air India, the Director of in-flight Services of M/s Air India, and all the pilots and cabin crew members of that flight as to why enforcement action should not be taken against them for dereliction of their regulatory obligations. The written reply of M/s Air India and the personnel involved were examined,” the DGCA said in the statement adding that these actions have been taken in the instant case according to the written response of the airline.

On November 26, last year, a guy called Shankar Mishra reportedly urinated on a 70-year-old woman who was inebriated aboard an Air India flight’s business class.

On January 4, Delhi Police filed a First Information Report (FIR) against him based on a complaint filed by the lady with Air India under sections 354, 509, and 510 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), as well as Section 23 of the Indian Aircraft Act. The perpetrator and the victim are both from outside of Delhi.

Following the event, Wells Fargo, a US-based financial services corporation, fired its employee Shankar Mishra.

“Wells Fargo holds employees to the highest standards of professional and personal behaviour and we find these allegations deeply disturbing. This individual has been terminated from Wells Fargo. We are cooperating with law enforcement and ask that any additional inquiries be directed to them,” the company said in a statement.

Air India also banned Shankar Mishra, accused of urinating on the elderly woman, from flying for four months.