Police investigate Indian lawmaker over airline sandal fracas

Private airline IndiGo followed suit as, in an unprecedented show of unity, several air operators imposed a "ban" on him.

"An FIR has been lodged by Air India in this incident".

"Haan maine usko maara tha, usne badtameezi ki thi (Yes, I hit him, he misbehaved)", said the Shiv Sena MP, boasting about the attack. Speaking with reporters at Maharshtra Bhavan earlier today, Gaikwad said "kaahe ka pashchaataap (what is there to repent)?"

However, since Gaikwad insisted on taking that flight he was allotted a seat in the first row as there was no business-class configuration on it.

Ravindra Gaikwad, an MP in India's lower house for the Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party, claimed that the attendant had insulted him first on the Pune to New Delhi flight.

A Deputy General Manager (DGM) of Air India has submitted the inquiry report corroborating the incident and is examining creation of no-fly list of unruly passengers, said Air India spokesperson.

The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) said the Shiv Sena party's Member of Parliament Ravindra Gaikwad has been barred from flying on any of their aircraft with immediate effect over his beating of 60-year-old Air India duty manager R. Sukumar on Thursday.

The incident happened when flight AI852 from Pune reached Delhi around 10.30 a.m. on Thursday.

"I have the tickets, they can't blacklist me".

Air India has filed a police complaint against Gaikwad.

"I will not apologise". He then hit the duty manager twenty-five times with his slipper, as said by the MP himself. That was when Gaikwad hit him repeatedly. Air India has initiated proceedings and is mulling putting him on a no-fly list.The video begins with scenes of a scuffle near the door of the plane and officials dragging people inside.

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.

"Such customers are not welcome on our carriers and we seek the support of the government and security agencies to enforce. a "no fly" list", FIA added in a statement.

  • Salvatore Jensen