Air India on Thursday lodged an FIR against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who admitted hitting their staffer with slippers reportedly over seating arrangement in the aircraft, as reported by PTI. The officials said they are examining creation of a no-fly list of unruly passengers, news agency ANI reported. In the meantime, an Air India Spokesperson told ANI that a DGM of the airline has submitted the inquiry report corroborating the incident.
The incident was reported on a Pune-Delhi flight after it landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi earlier on Thursday. Gaikwad represents Osmanabad constituency in Lok Sabha. “Haan maine usko maara tha, usne badtameezi ki thi (Yes, I hit him. He misbehaved with me),” Gaikwad was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. It is unclear what exactly led to the scuffle though TV reports say the MP was downgraded from the business class to the economy class. The minister was quoted as saying by ANI, “Yes, I had hit the staff. Do you expect me to hear their abuses quietly? What should have I done? He first misbehaved with me.”
Meanwhile, the Air India staffer has written a complaint letter where he said the minister used foul language even as he was humiliated in front of his colleagues. Air India said that it has constituted a team to probe the whole incident.
This is a developing story. It will be updated when more details emerge.