Vinod Moorjani

Vinod Moorjani was charged with causing a bomb scare at the Mumbai International Airport Dec. 31, 2017, after he allegedly called an airport operator and said a bomb had exploded. (IANS photo)

An Indian businessman who was charged with causing a bomb threat scare at a Mumbai airport said he was simply asking for the "Bom-Del flight status."

Vinod Moorjani was arrested at Mumbai International Airport Dec. 31 while waiting to board a flight to Delhi with his family.

Police say that Moorjani, 45, was frustrated with flight delays and used a phone booth in the airport to call its toll-free number, warning the operator “bomb fata hai” – a bomb has exploded and immediately hung up, according to reports.

Investigators claim he made the threat in order to delay all outbound flights from Delhi so he would not miss a connecting flight to Rome, reports said.

Moorjani has appeared in court charged with criminal intimidation and other offences, the reports added.

According to reports citing court officials, Moorjani has pleaded innocent with his lawyer arguing that he was asking the status of the flights using the city codes, “BOM-DEL status.” The lawyer added he hung up because of a disturbance on the line, according to the reports.

Moorjani was released on bail of 30,000 rupees.

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