Sep 17, 2020

Delhi court convicts Srilankan Airlines' ex-Regional Manager

A Delhi court on Wednesday (16) convicted Lalit D'Silva, former Regional Manager (India), Srilankan Airlines, for outraging the modesty of one of his colleagues at its Delhi division in 2009.

Metropolitan Magistrate Dev Saroha had pronounced the judgement through video conferencing and posted the matter for hearing on the quantum of sentence on November 17.

While holding him guilty, the court said "It is proved beyond reasonable doubt that accused with intention to outrage the modesty of the complainant uttered the above-mentioned words, as such he is liable to be convicted under section 509 of IPC."

The maximum punishment for the offence is three years jail term.

'Sri Lanka Mirror' learns that the convict has retired from 'Sri Lankan Airlines' a couple of years back.

The victim was working as a Sales Executive at Sri Lankan Airlines, and according to the prosecution, on October 08, 2009 the accused called the complainant in his room and outraged her modesty by asking unappreciated questions.
The accused had defended himself by submitting that he had been falsely implicated in the case by the complainant when she had failed to get herself transferred back to Delhi Station from Cochin where she was transferred by the company. He also said there was a delay in filing the FIR which shows that the case is false.

The complainant, however, said that immediately after the incident she made a complaint to a number of her seniors and waited for an action to be taken against the accused, who was a senior employee of the company. She further stated that only after realizing that no action will be taken against the accused she made a formal complaint.

The court, in its order, noted that "The complainant has been consistent in her explanation regarding delay and she being a woman in a social setting like ours is often subjected to many pressure in matters like these."

Victim's advocate Ajay Verma said that instead of getting support from the airline, the victim was removed from service instead.

In a separate criminal proceeding Srilankan Airlines is also facing trial for not complying with the Indian law, he said.

(Excerpts from : PTI)