Delhi Police registers FIR against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaekwad on complaint by Air India

Union MoS for Law and Justice PP Chaudhary said, "There is no law that bars anyone from travelling anywhere or denying a ticket."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 24, 2017 8:55 pm
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The Delhi Police on Friday registered an FIR against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaekwad after Air India complained that the MP assaulted its 60-year-old staffer with his slippers repeatedly over a seat onboard a Pune to Delhi flight. Spokesperson for the Delhi Police Dependra Pathak told news agency ANI: “Case registered under IPC 308 & 355 and transferred to Delhi Police crime branch for thorough probe.” After a furore over his behaviour, Gaekwad was today banned by Federation of Indian Airlines from flying on aircraft of its member airlines such as Indigo, GoAir, Jet Airways, and SpiceJet as well as on Air India.

Meanwhile, Gaikwad has submitted a complaint to the Delhi Police alleging he was made to travel by Air India on Economy class even as he had a business class ticket. He further said he was pushed and yelled on. Reacting to Gaekwad being barred from flying by Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) member airlines, Minister of State Law and Justice PP Chaudhary said, “There is no law that bars anyone from travelling anywhere or denying a ticket.” He further said, “If someone has committed a crime, he can be punished but denying a ticket is seriously wrong.”

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut in a statement to ANI said, “Whether its a common man or a minister, anybody can have an outburst if he has been wronged. A mistake has been committed, and we will see who will be held responsible. The FIR has been lodged, right? We will see against who else an FIR should be filed.”

The entire incident took place on Thursday when Gaekwad was travelling to Delhi from Pune. Though he had a business class ticket with him, the MP alleged he was forced to travel by economy class in an Air India flight saying this is not the first instance with the airline. Air India officials claimed they informed him prior that the flight he took AI 852 didn’t have business class seats at all as it was an all economy class aircraft.

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    Pure.pure.orthodox.brahmin.scoundrels
    Mar 24, 2017 at 5:43 pm
    AI and its staff should all Ben destro. There are many Commies working in AI and many AI staff are spies of ISI of Porkistan. Many of the AI staff are also members of IS IS and Al Queda. MP CM Shri Chavanji has photographs and videos of those AI staff talking to their Syrian handlers and they have even sent images of Hindustan to their Syrian handlers. Shri Bagawatji should take immediate action to save Ravindra Gaikwadji's political career like he saved Shri Aseemanandji.
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      Pure.pure.Orthodox.brahmin.scoundrels
      Mar 24, 2017 at 5:48 pm
      What if there is no business cl seat in the flight he booked? AI should have ensured he travels in a flight with business cl, since he is a nationalist.
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        Chandra Shekar
        Mar 24, 2017 at 3:38 pm
        Police should be ashamed of themselves and give up their jobs.lt;br/gt;They have been made useless by their own lack of courage and inability to bark at their masters, the corrupt politicians.lt;br/gt;We are a truly banana republic!
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          Homer
          Mar 24, 2017 at 2:39 pm
          Uddhat!s boy seems to have forgotten his boss has hardly any power in his own state let alone Delhi, challenging the police to arrest him and his boss would take care of everything!
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            andy
            Mar 24, 2017 at 3:01 pm
            HE THINK THIS IS BOMBAY HE CAN HIT ANYBODY BUT HE IS FORGETTING THIS IS DELHI. SOME STRONG PUNJABI GUY SHOULD HIT HIM IN FACE HE WILL NEVER COME TO DELHI HIS NAME SHOULD BE IN NO FLYING LIST. PEOPLE SHOULD SUPPORT AI EMPLOYEE.
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              ashok
              Mar 24, 2017 at 3:41 pm
              The MP should be ashamed of themselves if he is allowed to enter parliment
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                Balaji Narasimhan
                Mar 24, 2017 at 4:10 pm
                How can an airplane that does not have a business cl provide the MP with Business Cl seat? Claim of the MP is unbelievable. He needs to be arrested forthwith.
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                  Vedic.Citizen
                  Mar 24, 2017 at 5:52 pm
                  Why are you using Brahmins here, though we all know that only brahmins have the illogical mentality like what you have stated.
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