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Ravindra Gaikwad soars again, on Air India business class flight to Delhi

Pune: Over two weeks after he was blacklisted and grounded by all airlines, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad took wings again on a Pune-New Delhi flight on Monday morning, authorities said.

File image of Ravindra Gaikwad. PTI

File image of Ravindra Gaikwad. PTI

Reduced to train and road travel and avoiding the media glare till now, the Osmanabad MP took the Pune-New Delhi AI-852, which has now made a provision for business class travel on this particular service.

Incidentally, on 23 March, it was the same flight AI-852 which did not offer business class, leading to a serious verbal and physical altercation with the airline staff.

It culminated in the assault of a senior official, two police complaints lodged against him, blacklisting him, slapping a complete flying ban besides a ruckus by Shiv Sena in Parliament and a face-off between the two ruling BJP-led NDA constituents.

Last week, after Gaikwad tendered a letter expressing "regret" over the incident to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, AI revoked the flying ban on Saturday, closely followed by Federation of Indian Airlines and other private airlines.

The government's moves came following threats that the Shiv Sena, a member of the ruling NDA, would boycott the critical meet to discuss the nominee for next President.

Updated Date: Apr 10, 2017 11:13 AM

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