Air India has ordered Delhi Police to explain the delay in action against controversial Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who is challenged of thrashing a retired airline employee. The national carrier informed the police that no measures against the parliamentarian were impacting the assurance of its staff, nearly a month after the alleged incident. Earlier, the Shiv Sena had asked Ravindra Gaikwad a lawmaker of the party to “watch his behavior” after he was noticed in a video clip assaulting an Air India staffer with the slippers, which prompting at least five airlines to ban him from their flights.
“Any impediment in taking action will give a wrong impression. The confidence of the team will also be affected,” Air India said in a letter. AI also questioned the Delhi Police Commissioner to take the two complaints made by the airline to a logical conclusion.
Gaikwad was considered off a no-fly list by Air India and five other airlines earlier this month following an interruption from the civil aviation ministry, which had said legal proceedings against the Osmanabad MP would continue. The FIR was recorded on March 23. There was no criticism from police or the airline. Gaikwad glowed nationwide outrage last month after a video supposedly showing him hitting a 60-year-old AI staffer spread virally on social media. The MP has expressed regret to Parliament but has refused to apologize to the staff.
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Air India is believed to have written to the Delhi police asking why action has not been taken yet on the complaint filed against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who had assaulted a staffer of the airline last month. Following the incident on March 23, a FIR has been registered in the matter. Sources said Air India has written to the Delhi police on why there is a delay in taking action against the MP. The airline is understood to have said that the morale of the employees is being impacted as no measures have been started against the MP despite nearly a month after the incident, they added. There was no official judgment from Air India or the Delhi police.
The occurrence and subsequent flying ban on Ravindra Gaikwad had produced a lot of political heat before the ban was removed. On March 23, Mr. Gaikwad had assaulted an Air India staffer indoors an aircraft at the Delhi airport. The national flattop, as well as other domestic airlines, then barred him from practicing their flights.Earlier this month, the ban was revoked after the MP wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju expressing regret over the incident.
In consequence of the incident, Air India and the government are working on ways to strength measures to rein in unruly flyers.