Shiv Sena MP hits AI staffer: Ravindra Gaikwad writes to Sumitra Mahajan about his ordeal

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who got into trouble with Air India after he hit an employee of the flight with his sandal, has written to Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan detailing his plight and complaining against the airliner. Gaikwad has said that he was told that for a year they have been operating all economy class flights so why would they charge any flier for business class.

Ravindra Gaikwad. News18

Ravindra Gaikwad. News18

Gaikwad further complained about the lack of amenities that exist on international flights like offering towel, tissue and television and said Indian airlines do not maintain punctuality. He also complained about how instead he got misbehaviour when all he wanted was an authority for complaint.

Ravindra Gaikwad, the Lok Sabha MP from Maharashtra's Usmanabad, slapped and, by his own claim, hit 60-year-old duty manager Sukumar 25 times with his sandal when the official went to persuade him to disembark after he refused to alight, holding up the aircraft for over 40 minutes.

The national carrier has filed two FIRs against the MP, known for his strong-arm tactics, while Shiv Sena has sought an explanation from him. While one FIR relates to assault, the other is for holding up the aircraft. Police said the officer, Sukumar, has been sent for medical examination and based on its report a case will be registered.

According to an Air India spokesperson, its duty manager at Delhi airport was hit with slippers several times by Gaikwad, who complained about having to travel economy - on an all-economy flight - even though he had a business class ticket. "The MP turned violent, broke the duty manager's spectacles, tore his shirt, hit him with slippers 16-17 times," Air India sources said.

Updated Date: Mar 23, 2017 22:00 PM

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