Mumbai court orders filing of FIR against Jet Airways and Radhe Maa


A court in Mumbai on Wednesday order the city airport police station to file FIR against Jet Airways and the self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa for allegedly carrying a “trishul” or trident on a flight last year.

A court’s order came after an activist filed a petition pointing out that such sharp implements were banned in airports and aircraft.

News agency IANS quoted the petitioner, Asad Patel, who is also an RTI activist as saying that a trishul was “dangerous and could cause harm to passengers” and was also among the many items banned by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, said RTI activist Asad Patel.

Patel said that since Radhe Maa claimed to be a godwoman, she was not stopped by the airport security staff when she was found carrying a trident in August 2015. She had allegedly taken a flight operated by a private airlines, carrying the trident.

But though he wrote to various authorities, including police and airport officials, they took no action, Patel said.

“On August 13, 2015, I sent legal notice to all concerned parties and then filed a complaint with the court.”

The court on Wednesday asked the police to file a First Information Report, or FIR, in the case.

An official of the airport police station said they will take action after they received the court order.

In September last year, a Kandivali woman had accused the self-styled godwoman of dowry harassment. It was followed by television reality show actress Dolly Bindra lodging an FIR against her and nearly 20 of her family member and close associates on charges of “intimidation, sexual harassment and voyeurism”.

Bindra filed two complaints against Radhe Maa. In the first, the actress stated that earlier she used to be an ardent follower of the ‘godwoman’ and would attend hersatsangs religiously, but she later found her to be obscene. She also alleged that Radhe Maa would force her to get intimate with other male followers.