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Ravindra Gaikwad was among Shiv Sena MPs who ‘force-fed’ a Muslim caterer during Ramzan

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad is a repeat offender. Three years ago, he was one of the 11MPs who force-fed a catering worker during the month of Ramzan at Delhi’s Maharashtra Sadan.

delhi Updated: Mar 24, 2017 21:48 IST
Pooja Sharma
Pooja Sharma
Hindustan Times
Shiv Sena MP,Air India,R Gaikwad
As per his affidavit filed ahead of the 2014 General Elections, Gaikwad has three criminal cases against him.(ANI)

Three years ago, 11 Shiv Sena MPs created a ruckus at Delhi’s Maharashtra Sadan, where one of them force-fed a Muslim catering worker during the month of Ramzan. Among the MPs was Ravindra Gaikwad.

The 56-year-old Gaikwad is in the eye of the storm again for beating up an Air India staffer after a Pune-Delhi flight landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Thursday morning. This incident, or the Maharashtra Sadan episode, was not Gaikwad’s first run-in with the law.

As per his affidavit filed ahead of the 2014 General Elections, Gaikwad has three criminal cases against him. In the past, the Osmanabad MP has been booked for voluntarily causing hurt to deter a public servant from his duty, culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and criminal intimidation.

As per the affidavit, one of the cases was registered in Tuljapur, Osmanabad on March 13, 2003, while two other cases were registered in Omerga, Osmanabad, on January 9, 2013.

On Thursday, a defiant and unapologetic Gaikwad admitted that he hit 60-year-old Air India duty manager R Sukumar “25 times” and has dared Air India to take action against him. “It was not my fault, it (the AI employee) was his fault. He should apologise. First ask him to apologise then we will see,” Gaikwad told mediapersons in Delhi on Friday.

He has been summoned by Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to Mumbai, even as the airline and other domestic carriers come together to demand a no-fly list for “unruly passengers” such as him. The MP was upset because he had to shift from business class to economy after a change of aircraft.

Senior Shiv Sena office bearers say that the MP is leaving Delhi at 7pm on Friday to meet Uddhav at his residence in Bandra.

Three years ago, after the Maharashtra Sadan incident, Uddhav Thackeray had supported the MPs and no action was taken against them. A PIL filed in Delhi High Court to disqualify the 11 MPs was dismissed later.

First Published: Mar 24, 2017 12:24 IST