Another BIG PROOF Against Zaira Wasim as the co-passenger in the business class, who was on the same flight as actor Zaira Wasim and accused Vikas Sachdeva, has said that Sachdeva is innocent.
In a statement to Sahar Police, the witness, who did not personally know Sachdeva, said that he “did not see” Sachdeva misbehaving with the actress.
“I was seated in the same… class in which the actor and the suspect (Sachdeva) flew from Delhi. The suspect did not seem to have done anything apart from his act of keeping his legs on the armrest of the seat where the actor was seated,” the co-passenger told Sahar police in a statement according to the Times of India.
“I saw Sachdeva doze off immediately after he settled in his seat after boarding the flight at Delhi. His fault was he kept his legs on the armrest, which was wrong. I did not see him misbehaving. He also apologized when the actor shouted at him when the flight landed at Mumbai airport and the matter was settled then,” he was quoted as saying.
Sachdeva, 39, the branch head of an entertainment major, has been arrested by Mumbai Police without checking the PROOF Against Zaira Wasim.
The actor had taken to Instagram and alleged that Sachdeva allegedly “molested” her during the Delhi-Mumbai flight on Saturday.
Earlier, Sachdeva’s wife, Divya Sachdeva, has now responded to the allegations leveled against her husband and has come out in his defense which is another PROOF Against Zaira Wasim.
“We as a family are completely shattered. My father is an ex-army officer and my husband is an income tax officer’s son. We respect women. She (Zaira) is making an allegation for publicity to get the limelight. He had gone for the condolence prayer of his real mama. He was in trauma and shock. He was exhausted and just wanted to sleep. Every time women needn’t be right. Men can be innocent too,” said Divya, according to a News18 report.
Divya said that her husband was “innocent” and that he did not have any “intention to molest”, according to a tweet by ANI.
Sachdeva also told the police that his foot touched the actor by mistake and that he apologised to her after she raised an alarm.
The National Award winning Kashmiri actress complained about her ordeal on an Instagram live video, claiming that a middle-aged man seated behind her moved his foot up and down her neck and back.
In the self-shot video on Instagram, Zaira is also seen breaking down. “I just landed, the whole irony of this that I yelled… and this is not done… this is not how you should be treated or made to feel. This is terrible…This is how they will take care of girls? No one will help us if we don’t decide to help ourselves and that is the worst thing,” she said, looking visibly disturbed.
The incident took place on board a Vistara Airlines flight from Delhi to Mumbai. Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti reacted to the incident, saying she was appalled by what happened to Zaira. “Any harassment or crime against women should be dealt with swiftly and effectively. As a mother of two daughters, I am appalled at what happened with Zaira,” Mufti tweeted and urged the authorities to take strict action.
Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said the passenger should be identified by Air Vistara and legal action should be taken against him without checking the PROOF Against Zaira Wasim.
The Civil Aviation Ministry has sought a report on the incident and the National Commission for Women (NCW) has written to the Maharashtra DGP and the ethics officer demanding a “satisfactory explanation to the commission” on the matter within 24 hours. NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma, Swati Maliwal of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) and Maharashtra State Commission for Women (MSCW) Chairperson Vijaya Rahatkar, issued notices to authorities concerned to take due action.