Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad boards Air India flight, flies business class

Gaikwad, an MP from Osmanabad, was banned by six airlines after an incident where he assaulted an Air India staffer. He had also claimed on TV about hitting the employee with his slippers 25 times.

india Updated: Apr 21, 2017 01:35 IST
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A travel ban was imposed on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad by Air India for assaulting one of its staffers. The restrictions were later on lifted.(PTI File Photo)

Barely a month after being grounded for assaulting an Air India staffer, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on Thursday took to the skies again and travelled with the same airline which was the first to impose a travel ban on him.

His airline of choice was Air India, as he took a flight from Hyderabad to Delhi shortly after 4 PM, an aide of Gaikwad told PTI.

“Ravi Sir (as Gaikwad, a former teacher, is known in his Osmanabad constituency) travelled business class from Hyderabad to Delhi on Thursday, days after the flying ban was lifted,” the aide said.

On April 8, private airlines had lifted the nearly two week-long flying ban on Gaikwad.

The decision of the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) had come a day after the national carrier, following direction from the civil aviation ministry, had revoked the ban on Gaikwad which was in placed since March 23.

The flying restriction on the Lok Sabha member had been lifted after he gave an undertaking that such an incident would not reoccur.

‘Delay in action’

Meanwhile, the national carrier has requested the Delhi Police to hasten its inquiry over the airline’s complaint against the Shiv Sena MP.

According to sources in Air India, the slow progress of the case -- which occurred nearly a month ago -- has affected the morale of the airline’s employees, leading to a “loss of faith” in the rule of law.

“Our CMD (Chairman and Managing Director) had written a letter to the Commissioner of Police of Delhi two days back (April 18),” the Air India source said.

“... the letter mentioned that AI’s complaint about the recent assault by the Shiv Sena MP has been converted into a FIR and that all of AI’s employees have been called in for questioning and that the police have also taken the CCTV footage.”

First Published: Apr 20, 2017 23:08 IST