AI files case against Sena MP who assaulted manager with slippers

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New Delhi, Mar 23 Delhi Police will seek legal opinion on whether an FIR can be registered against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who today allegedly attacked an Air India staff with his slippers over seating issues.

The MP had been told he could not fly business class because it was an all-economy flight, reports say. "Such act should not just be condemned but strong action be taken against Gaikwad".

Besides Air India, the other airlines which won't allow Gaikwad to fly are IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Go Air.

The incident occurred at 10 a.m. when Air India flight (AI 852) from Pune landed at the airport.

Taking retributive action, the national carrier cancelled Gaikwad's return ticket to Pune after he boastfully asserted he would board the afternoon flight.

Gaikwad said Air India must be investigated for ill-treating him for which, he claimed, he had to take off his sandal and hit an elderly manager for Air India 25 times.

The Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir as its members, issued a statement declaring it has made a decision to "ban" the MP from flying on its aircraft.

A common practice among global and some private Indian airlines, this is the first time the Indian national carrier has blacklisted a rowdy passenger.

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The airline also lodged FIRs against Gaikwad - for assaulting a shift manager and delaying a scheduled flight to Goa.

"This is not the first time when Shiv Sena MP R. Gaikwad has been involved in violence".

"He was arrogant. I hit him 25 times with my sandal", he told the media. I am a Shiv Sena MP and will not tolerate any insult. Shivsena President Uddhav Thackeray also sought AIR INDIA's version over the incident.

"I will not apologise".

"I won't take abuses from anyone".

On his part, Gaikwad has shot off complaints to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan demanding an enquiry into the incident.

Gaikwad refused to disembark from the plane for almost 45 minutes after he landed in Delhi from Pune on Thursday, demanding some high up of the airline must come to explain him why was he not provided the facility of travelling in business class which he is entitled to get.

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