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Teenage Mumbai actor says she was groped on flight, police question airline crew

Mumbai police said that they want to record the girl’s statement before a magistrate court so it strengthens their case

mumbai Updated: Dec 14, 2017 00:04 IST
Jayprakash S Naidu
The actor was on a Delhi-Mumbai flight on Saturday. The accused, a Chandivli resident was seated behind her.
The actor was on a Delhi-Mumbai flight on Saturday. The accused, a Chandivli resident was seated behind her. (HT File)

The Sahar police told the sessions court that they had contacted the private airline on which a 17-year-old National Award-winning actor was allegedly molested by a 39-year-old man. They said they have spoken to all five crew members, who were on duty at the time of the incident.

The court remanded the accused, Vikas Sachdev, in judicial custody on Wednesday. The court will hear his bail plea on December 15, before which he will have to stay in jail.

The actor was on a Delhi-Mumbai flight on Saturday. Sachdev, a Chandivli resident was seated behind her.

Around 11 pm, he put his leg on her armrest and rubbed his foot against her shoulder and neck repeatedly. The actor said she shifted on the seat, but the accused continued his actions. After the plane landed, the girl posted a video describing her ordeal on a social media site.

The post went viral, following which the Sahar police approached the girl at a private hotel and registered an FIR under section 354 of the Indian Penal Code and section 8 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act on Sunday. Sachdev was held that day. On Monday, a sessions court remanded him in police custody for two days.

Police told the court that they want to record the girl’s statement before a magistrate court under sections of the Code of Criminal Procedure so it strengthens their case. The Sahar police said they want to record the statements of the actor’s co-passengers.

They asked the court for permission to interrogate the accused further, which the court denied.