The accused was allegedly drunk during the trip from New York to New Delhi when he allegedly unzipped his pants and urinated on a 72-year-old woman
NEW DELHI: A fired executive of US banking giant Wells Fargo accused of urinating on a fellow passenger on an Air India flight has been arrested, a police spokesman said on Saturday.
Shankar Mishra, the bank’s former vice president of India operations, was on the run from authorities after an elderly woman complained about the November incident to the airline’s management.
Media reports said Mishra had switched off his phone but remained in touch with friends through social media and made a credit card transaction in India’s IT capital Bangalore, which gave away his location.
He was taken to the capital New Delhi, where police are investigating the allegations, the reports said.
A police spokesman in Delhi confirmed Mishra’s arrest to AFP without giving further details.
Wells Fargo said Friday that the employee was fired after the “deeply troubling” allegations came to light.
Mishra was allegedly drunk during the trip from New York to New Delhi on November 26 when he allegedly unzipped his pants and urinated on a 72-year-old woman sitting in business class.
The airline said it failed to deal with the incident properly and is reviewing its in-flight alcohol policy.
“Air India recognizes that it could have handled these matters better, both in the air and on the ground, and is committed to taking action,” chief executive Campbell Wilson said in a statement on Saturday.
The airline, recently bought by the Tata Group after decades under state control, has faced severe criticism for its handling of the woman’s complaint.
India’s aviation regulator this week admonished its management for not reporting the incident at the time.