Barely a month after being grounded for assaulting an Air India staffer, the goon Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad today took to the skies again.
His airline of choice was Air India, as he took a flight from Hyderabad to Delhi shortly after 4 PM, an aide of Gaikwad told PTI.
“Ravi Sir (as Gaikwad, a former teacher, is known in his Osmanabad constituency) travelled business class from Hyderabad to Delhi today, days after the flying ban was lifted,” the aide said.
On April 8, private airlines had lifted the nearly two week-long flying ban on Gaikwad.
The decision of the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) had come a day after the national carrier, following direction from the Civil Aviation Ministry, revoked the ban on Gaikwad.
The flying restriction on the Lok Sabha member had been lifted after he gave an undertaking that such incidents would not reoccur.
Meanwhile, Gaikwad had a heated argument with cops over ‘non-functioning’ of ATMs at Latur in Marathwada region on Tuesday, police said.
Gaikwad, who famously bragged about his criminal act, has apologised to the parliament but not to the elderly Air India staff, who he had hit with his slippers ’25 times.’
Despite his act being a criminal offence, the Delhi Police, which reports to the Centre’s Narendra Modi government, has shown utter reluctance in initiating any action against him. Gaikwad’s party, Shiv Sena is an alliance partner of Modi’s party, the BJP.
You can imagine the mental agony of the victim Air India staffer, who was at the receiving end of Gaikwad’s brutality, at the prospects of attending to this goon whenever he travells with India’s national carrier again.
(With PTI inputs)