Air India cancels Ravindra Gaikwad's ticket for Mar 29

Commenting on the issue, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan ruled out any action against Gaikwad and spoke against the ban implemented by six airlines.

Mint reported a senior government official as saying "certain areas" within regulation need to be clarified, adding that airlines were within their rights to stop someone from flying if they showed unruly behavior.

On Monday, the Delhi police crime branch had recorded statements of 15 Air India persons in connection with assault case of a staff by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. The party doesn't condone Gaikwad's behaviour but banning him from flying is wrong, Adsul said in Lok Sabha.

Following this, Mr. Raju held a meeting with Minister of State Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, civil aviation secretary R.N. Choubey and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) chief B.S. Bhullar. discuss the matter in his office at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan.

"MPs need to attend Parliament and they can not travel by train always".

The row over Gaikwad's assault raged both within and outside Parliament. "They can't always travel by train, they need to travel by plane too". The issue of Gaikwad being banned by Federation of Indian Airlines echoed in Parliament on Monday. "I feel this issue (blanket ban) should be resolved amicably through talks". The MP lost his cool and refused to leave the flight after it landed in Delhi. After the ban, Gaikwad had to travel to Maharashtra by train. Gaikwad allegedly tried to push a 60-year-old employee off the ramp.

That fact notwithstanding, the Sena has said it is Air India who must introspect over its "poor service".

  • Joanne Flowers