March 23 (ANI): Slamming Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting a staffer of the Air India with his slipper, Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Thursday stated that investigation will determine what right action should be taken into this matter.
A year ago an Indian MP was arrested for alleging slapping an airline official at an airport in Andhra Pradesh after he and his family were prevented from boarding their flight because the gate had closed.
Gaikwad, the first time Lok Sabha MP from Maharashtra's Osmanabad admitted that he hit the staff and remained defiant over it.
The incident took place on Thursday morning inside Air India's Pune- Delhi flight AI 852, when the aircraft landed in Delhi.
The MP claimed that his ticket was for business class but Air India provided him economy class.
"I hit him 25 times with my sandals". The Shiv Sena has time and again showed a culture of violence.
Previous year an Indian MP was arrested for alleging slapping an airline official at an airport in Andhra Pradesh after being told he could not board a flight with his family after the gate had closed.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said: "Such acts need to be condemned".
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"I am Shiv Sena member, not of BJP, to entertain abuses (hurled at me)", he said adding he "will not apologise". On the other hand, Air India is considering to prepare a no-fly list for unruly passengers.
Thackeray has reportedly sought an explanation from Gaikwad for his behaviour.
The minister said if the MP had a grievance, he should have simply written to the airline.
"It is painful for the political fraternity as we have given huge responsibility".
"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.
Shiv Sena spokesperson Manisha Kayande said the incident was unfortunate.
The second FIR is for delaying a scheduled New Delhi-Goa flight with 115 passengers, owing to his behavior onboard.
According to data provided by the government, there have been 53 such incidents reported by the airlines since last July.