On Saturday, Indian police arrested Shankar Mishra, a former Vice President of the Indian subsidiary of Wells Fargo, on charges including sexual harassment, obscenity and insulting the modesty of a woman. The incident occurred in November of 2022 aboard an Air India flight from JFK Airport to New Delhi. According to the woman's complaint, Mishra urinated on her seat while she was sitting in the row ahead of him. The woman notified the flight crew, who moved her to a crew seat while they attempted to clean the original seat. Mishra begged the woman not to lodge a complaint and she initially accepted reimbursement for her clothes and shoes before returning it.
In response to the incident, Wells Fargo fired Mishra and Air India de-rostered the flight crew involved in the matter. Air India also allowed Mishra to board his connecting flight to Bangalore, but warned him that he could be blacklisted from future Air India flights. Indian police have put Mishra in custody for 14 days as they further investigate the incident.
The incident aboard the Air India flight from JFK to New Delhi has resulted in serious repercussions for all parties involved. Wells Fargo has fired the former Vice President and Air India has de-rostered the flight crew, and warned the passenger in question that he could be blacklisted from future flights. Indian police have put Mishra in custody for 14 days as they investigate the incident further.