It’s already been more than 24 hours since Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad physically attacked an Air India official. Five airlines have banned him already, but the Delhi Police is yet to file an FIR (First Information Report). The police said they were waiting for a legal opinion in the matter & cited medical examination as a reason for the delay. Meanwhile, security at Delhi airport was tightened to avoid preventing an altercation in case MP Ravindra Gaikwad arrived to catch a flight home.
The MP’s return ticket for 4.15 pm was cancelled on Friday by Air India on Friday. He booked an Indigo flight through an agent later, which was also cancelled.
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On Thursday, Gaikwad had assaulted a 60 year-old duty manager with a slipper & tried to push him off the plane.
The police said that there had been a delay in filing the FIR as the incident did not suggest any injury & sections under the IPC could be decided only after the nature of injury was proved.
‘We have taken legal opinion in the matter & expect to receive it soon. The action will be taken accordingly,” said DCP (airport) Sanjay Bhatia. While the police were not able to take any action, five airlines banned the MP. The MP had earlier accepted that he had assaulted a duty manager. He justified his action by saying that the official was hit as Ravindra Gaikwad was asked to shift his seat from business class to economy class.
After hitting the duty manager, Gaikwad refused to come out of the flight. He almost took an hour to come out of the flight. He started hitting other crew members when he was asked to de-board the flight. Air India said that Gaikwad had a business class open ticket, which meant that he could travel on any flight from Air India.