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Air India assault case: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad complains of chest pain on way to Mathura

In another twist to the case, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad has reportedly complained of chest pain on way to Mathura. He is at the centre of a storm caused by his assaulting an aged Air India staffer and hitting him with a sandal as many as 25 times. (Source: IE)

Air India assault case: In another twist to the case, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad has reportedly complained of chest pain on way to Mathura. He is at the centre of a storm caused by his assaulting an aged Air India staffer and hitting him with a sandal as many as 25 times. He thereafter bragged about his deed to the media and even said that he would raise the issue of Air India service with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Aviation Minister A Gajapathi Raju too. Since the morning, various airlines and their association have come together to ban the MP from flying on any of their flights and Air India cancelled his ticket to Pune too. While most political parties have expressed their outrage, the Shiv Sena has looked to defend his with senior leader Sanjay Raut even saying that ‘anyone can react in anger’

Later in the evening, Union Minister for law and justice PP Chaudhary had said that law does not bars anyone from travelling anywhere in the country. Speaking to ANI, Chaudhary said, “There is no law that bars anyone from travelling anywhere or denying a ticket. If someone has committed a crime, he can be punished, but denying a ticket is seriously wrong.”A day after the incident took place, Delhi Police released a statement saying that an FIR has been logged against the accused MP on a complaint filed by Air India and its staff member who was assaulted. Speaking on the issue, Delhi Police spokesperson told ANI, “a case registered under Indian Penal Court (IPC) 308 and 355 and transferred to Delhi Police crime branch for thorough probe.”

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However, Gaikwad has refused to apologise for his behaviour. He in an interview with India Today said that he is not in the wrong. “I do not regret (beating up the employee) and I will not apologise, Gaikwad said. In a report published by PTI, Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), an industry body representing India’s scheduled airline carriers, has blacklisted Gaikwad. The FIA counts air carriers including Jet Airways, IndiGo, Go Air, SpiceJet and JetLite as its members. In an official statement, FIA mentioned Air India and FIA member airlines have decided to ban this Member of Parliament from flying on all our flights with immediate effect.