New Delhi: Even though Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, accused of assaulting an Air India crew member, insisted today he did nothing wrong, and even though his senior colleague battled for him, the Union Aviation Minister indicated that he is in favor of the domestic airlines’ ban on the ‘misbehaving MP’.
In his statement in Parliament after the incident, Gaikwad said, “I have been charged under IPC 308, which is for ‘attempt to murder’. Was I holding any weapon? Is this justice,” he added.
On his part, Gaikwad remained unrepentant, although he did apologize to Parliament.
“I apologize to Parliament if I’ve caused any hurt, but not the Air India official,” Gaikwad said.
On March 23, the Shiv Sena MP beat up an airline staffer with his slippers “25 times” for being given an economy class seat in a flight that did not have business class. Following the incident, all airlines jointly barred Gaikwad from flying.