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AI pilot, co-pilot held on charges of molestation, get bail

October 13, 2009 21:01 IST

A pilot and a co-pilot of Air India, who were accused of molestation and assault of an airhostess, were arrested and later released on bail this evening, the New Delhi police said.

Pilot Ranbir Arora and co-pilot Aditya Chopra were called for questioning on Tuesday evening and later arrested in connection with the mid-air scuffle on the Sharjah-Delhi flight involving the airhostess and a flight purser.

"As the offence is bailable, they were released after registering their arrest and questioning," a senior police official said.

Airhostess Komal Singh had approached the police on October 3 claiming that she had been assaulted and molested by Arora and Chopra inside the cockpit during the journey to Delhi.

The arrests came 10 days after the registration of a case against them under the Indian Penal Code sections of voluntarily causing hurt, assault or use of criminal force to a woman to outrage her modesty, making gestures to insult the modesty of woman and common intention.

The airhostess had also approached the National Commission for Women seeking "justice".

The commission, which constituted a five-member panel to look into the matter, said on Tuesday that it would come out with guidelines within a month on working conditions in airlines in the wake of complaints by some employees.
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