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Former Bollywood actress Zaira Wasim had shared a shocking incident of molestation on her social media in 2017, wherein she stated that she was molested by a man on a flight. Zaira, who was in her teens at that time, accused Vikas Sachdev, a 41-year-old Indian businessman of moving his foot up and down her neck and back while she was half-asleep in her seat on the flight.
After three years, the special court for sexual offenses against children had convicted Sachdev to three years of jail. “I am holding you guilty for section 354 (Molestation) of Indian Penal Code and Section 8 (sexual assault) of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO),” Special Judge AD Deo had said in his verdict.
Vikas then filed his appeal before the high court on February 20, refuting the allegations against him and had claimed that the trial court had erred in finding him guilty.
Reportedly, the appeal was heard on March 2, and now Vikas Sachdeva has been granted relief by the Bombay High Court who suspended his sentence. The court granted him bail on a personal bond of Rs 25000 with two solvent sureties. The court also said he cannot leave Mumbai without the permission of the Dindoshi Sessions court.
For the unaware, Dangal actress Zaira had shared her horrifying experience on her Instagram stories stating that she was molested on a flight from Delhi to Mumbai in December 2017. She had also shared that he tried to film Sachdev, but it was too dark to capture his face. However, the Police arrested him after he was identified with help from the airline the Dangal star was flying in, Air Vistara.
“So, I was on a flight traveling 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 my 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,” she had said in her video post on Instagram.