While Sachdev has been booked for assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty, and relevant sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO) as the actor is a minor, his wife insists that her husband is innocent. Speaking to reporters at the Sessions court at Dindoshi after he was remanded to police custody till December 13, she said, “My husband is a family man. He is innocent. He was mentally exhausted as he was returning after attending the funeral of his uncle (in Delhi). He was taking rest and was fast asleep when his leg accidentally touched the girl. Vikas apologised to the actor before getting out of the plane to which she said it was okay.”
This comes on the heels of a co-passenger in the business class, who was on the same flight, coming out to claim that Sachdeva is innocent. The witness said in his statement, “I was seated in the same… class in which the actor and the suspect (Sachdev) 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.”
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He says, “I saw Sachdev 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.”
The matter was far from settled. Zaira had taken to Instagram to allege that she had been molested during the flight. Recounting her ordeal, the Dangal girl broke down several times in a video she shared. “So, I was in a flight travelling from Delhi to Mumbai today and right behind me one middle-aged man who made my two-hour journey miserable. I tried to record it on phone to understand it better because the cabin lights were dimmed, I failed to get it... The lights were dimmed, so it was even worse. It continued for another five to ten minutes and then I was sure of it. He kept nudging my shoulder and continued to move his foot up and down my back and neck,” said the teenaged Kashmiri girl.