Home >> States

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad reaches Mumbai by train, summoned by Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who had to take a train to reach Mumbai after airliners refused to fly him, has been summoned by Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray in connection with the assault on Air India staffer.

Gaikwad said he was heading to Matoshree to meet Thackeray and to narrate his version of the incident. He added that he will later head for his constituency Osmanabad.

Gaikwad's statement will be forwarded to the party's disciplinary committee of the party which is likely to issue a warning to the MP.

Gaikwad was barred from flying by prominent airliners after he assaulted an Air India staffer on Thursday. After he was barred from flying, he had to board a train to Mumbai on Friday.

Special Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak said on Friday that an FIR had been registered and the case has been transferred to the Crime Branch for a through probe.

Pathak said Gaikwad had been booked on charges of attempt to commit culpable homicide and assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour a person under the Indian Penal Code.

Air India had lodged a complaint with police on Thursday, but Delhi Police took legal opinion before finally registering an FIR on Friday.

On Thursday, when Gaikwad refused to de-board, Sukumar said he first requested the MP in English to get off the plane but was told to speak in Hindi.

When he began to speak in Hindi, Gaikwad flared up and hit him with his slipper. Although Thursday, Gaikwad boasted how he had hit the staffer with his slipper "25 times".

"I will not apologise. Why should I? It is not my mistake. They should apologise first, then (we) will see."

Gaikwad also shot off complaints to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan demanding an inquiry into the incident.

"We believe an assault on any one of our employees is an assault on all of us and on ordinary law abiding citizens of our country who work hard to earn a living," said Federation of Indian Airlines Associate Director Ujjwal Dey.