The Hyderabad Police on Saturday registered a case against a TDP corporator of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) for allegedly misbehaving with a woman co-passenger while travelling from Delhi to Hyderabad on an Air India flight.
According to the police, the complainant has alleged that corporator, Ummadi Venkateshwara, was drunk and misbehaved with her during the flight that was travelling from Delhi to Vijayawada via Hyderabad.
A case under section 354 (assault or use of criminal force to woman, intending to outrage her modesty) of Indian Penal Code has been booked against Rao at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport police station following a complaint by the woman.
The woman was sitting besides Rao who was returning from a study tour in Pune.
After landing at Hyderabad airport, Rao left for Vijayawada in another flight while the woman approached the police. Following an alert sent by the Hyderabad police, the corporator was stopped at the Vijayawada airport.
Rao denied that he misbehaved with co-passenger and said it was a miscommunication that led to the lady filing the police complaint.
Rao clarified that his leg accidentally touched the woman’s who then asked the air hostess to move Rao into another row.
“She is like my mother. Her age could be 50 to 60 years. How can I misbehave with her,” said Rao.
“The confusion was because I don’t know English or Hindi and she could not speak Telugu,” he clarified.