Published: Sat, March 25, 2017
Culture | By Henry Herrera

Centre to review legality of airlines blacklisting Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad

Indian domestic carriers have banned assaults-air-india-flight.html">Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad from its flights after he was involved in slapping an Air India ground staff on Thursday.

"Air India is examining creation of no-fly list of unruly passenger on the lines of other carriers", a senior airline official had said post the assault incident, which had invited sharp reactions from various quarters.

Hitting out at Sukumar, Gaikwad reiterated that the Air India staffer "misbehaved" with him and said the footage of the CCTV camera installed in the aircraft concerned can be checked to verify "who was at fault".

Gaikwad attacked Sukumar over being unable to travel business class despite having insisted on boarding the all- economy flight.

Gaikwad also said that he has had no conversation with his party chief Uddhav Thackeray since the incident and added that he has written to the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Civil Aviation Minister regarding the incident. "For thorough and detailed probe the FIR has been transferred to crime branch", Delhi Police spokesperson Devendra Pathak told ANI.

The national carrier has filed two separate complaints, with the Delhi Police, against the MP.

Previous year an MP was arrested on charges of assaulting an airline official after he and his family were prevented from boarding a flight because the gate had closed.

The incident took place on Thursday morning after the Air India flight from Pune landed in Delhi at around 10.30am.

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Air India has cancelled Gaikwad's return ticket from Delhi to Pune at 4 pm on Friday, implementing the first-of-its-kind ban in India.

"I have the tickets, they can't blacklist me. How can they not allow me?" he said.

"I had requested him (Gaikwad) to de-board the aircraft as the cleaning staff had to complete their work".

Air India Duty Manager Sukumar, who was assaulted by Gaikwad, today asserted that the elected representatives need to behave in a decent manner.

Shiv Sena leader Praveen Shinde and an accomplice were caught on camera assaulting a bank employee in Yavatmal, Maharashtra a year ago.

"I am Shiv Sena member, not of BJP, to entertain abuses (hurled at me)", he said adding he "will not apologise". I have been dealing with the public.

The first-time lawmaker also said he had made the Parliament "proud", when asked if his act has brought shame to the temple of democracy.

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