Accused of molesting Dangal star during flight apologized, says touched her unintentionally

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The man, who is accused of molesting Dangal star Zaira Wasim during a Vistara Delhi-Mumbai flight, told police that his leg touched the actress unintentionally and even he said sorry to her following she raised an alarm. The 39-year-old Vikas Sachdeva also added that he was returning from Delhi after attending a funeral and was really exhausted while on the flight as he hadn’t slept in a long time.

Vikas, who stays in Mumbai’s Andheri suburb, also said that he asked the cabin crew not to disturb him during the flight and also opted not to eat his meal as just wanted to complete his sleep during the flight. The Vikas’s statements match a portion of the official statement given by Vistara to the Mumbai police, which is investigating the alleged molestation. As per Vikas, he apologized to the actor after spotting out that his leg had touched her shoulder to which he explained as an unintentional act. The Vikas’ wife Divya also supported her husband on the matter.

“My husband was coming home from Delhi. His mamaji (maternal uncle) had passed away and he was not in the right frame of mind. He was feeling very low and asked for a blanket. He wanted to sleep. I am shocked at (the actor’s) allegation. The police have taken my husband into custody,” Vikas’ wife Divya said. The Dangal fame actor Zaira Wasim had earlier alleged that she was molested while on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai. The Mumbai police detained Vikas after the actor gave her statement to the police. Under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act and Indian Penal Code Section 354 (assault with intention to outrage a woman’s modesty), a case was registered against Vikas Sachdev.

As per the sources, following the incident came to light a team of three Vistara officials flew to Mumbai from Delhi to know about the incident. A meeting also took place between the teen actor and the officials at a hotel in Mumbai. The meeting happened for more than an over where the actress unfolded the incident in front of Vistara officials. Zaira Wasim’s mother was also present during the meeting.

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