Mumbai: Nearly two weeks after he assaulted an airline manager during a fight over business class seats, earning a flying ban, politician Ravindra Gaikwad was allowed into a plane for the first time. He took a chartered flight to Delhi, where he is to attend the parliament session.
The Shiv Sena parliamentarian had tried four times but failed to book a flight on Air India after he beat up the airline’s duty manager and bragged later about “hitting him 25 times with a slipper”.
Gaikwad is likely to present his version of events in the Lok Sabha.
Last month, Gaikwad, who is from Maharashtra, flew on Air India from Pune to Delhi, then refused to leave the plane for an hour while he demanded an explanation for not being given a business class seat. The flight he had taken, however, was all-economy. When a 60-year-old manager arrived to persuade him to leave the plane, the MP assaulted him.