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US-based firm’s CEO arrested at Mumbai airport for making hoax bomb call

The accused allegedly wanted to disrupt Delhi flight schedules so that he could get a late flight to Rome from Delhi if his Mumbai flight got delayed

mumbai Updated: Jan 03, 2018 00:34 IST
Jayprakash Naidu
Jayprakash Naidu
Hindustan Times
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The accused’s lawyer argued that he had only enquired about the status of his flight, which was misunderstood.(HT File Photo)

The CEO of a US-based company has been arrested for allegedly making a hoax bomb call at the Mumbai International Airport after apparently being miffed over flight delays, an official said on Tuesday.

Vinod Moorjani, who was scheduled to travel from Mumbai to Delhi, was arrested at the airport here on Sunday, he said.

The 45-year-old was later supposed to take a connecting flight from Delhi to Rome en route to Virginia along with his wife and children, the official said. Apparently annoyed with flight delays at the airport,Moorjani called a toll-free number of the Mumbai International Airport Pvt Ltd (MIAL) and told the woman operator that a bomb had exploded (‘bomb fata hai’) in flight, an investigating officer in the case said.

Before the operator could hear more from Moorjani, he quickly hung up. The operator alerted her seniors who in turn informed the police, he said.

After an investigation, the Sahar police arrested Moorjani, who was spotted at a telephone booth in the CCTV footage of the airport, the official said.

The CEO of the US-based IT firm made the call to disrupt Delhi flight schedules so that he could get a late-night flight to Rome from Delhi airport if his travel from Mumbai got delayed, he said.

He was arrested and booked under IPC sections 506(II) (criminal intimidation), 505(I)(b) (intent to cause fear or alarm to public), the official said.

Moorjani was later produced in the Andheri Metropolitan Magistrate Court, which granted him bail on a sum of Rs15,000 and surety of the same amount.

According to court officials, when Moorjani was produced in court, his lawyer argued that the accused had only enquired about the status of his flight, which was allegedly misconstrued as something else.

According to the lawyer, Moorjani had asked the operator for ‘Bom-Del status’ and disconnected the call soon due to some disturbance in the telephone line.This, the accused’s lawyer claimed, was misunderstood by the operator as “bomb hai (there is a bomb)”.

First Published: Jan 02, 2018 12:23 IST