Air India 'blacklists' Shiv Sena MP for assaulting staffer

"Asked if any suo moto action will be taken against Gaikwad and whether any complaint was received by her against him, Mahajan said: "(I) can't take suo moto action as the incident took place outside Parliament".

According to an Air India spokesperson, its duty manager at Delhi airport was hit with slippers several times by Gaikwad, who complained about having to travel economy - on an all-economy flight - even though he had a business class ticket.

Angry over the treatment meted out to him by Air India, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad thrashed a 61-year-old Air India official with his slipper 25 times at the Delhi airport.

According to The Times of India, The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) - an umbrella organisation representing IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir - is planning to bar the MP from flying in their planes.

The airline staff member told Asian News International that the MP had broken his glasses in the attack.

"Air India is examining creation of no-fly list of unruly passenger on the lines of other carriers", a senior airline official had said post the assault incident, which had invited sharp reactions from various quarters.

Earlier in the day, Gaikwad in his letter said that he was misled by the Air India and stated that he was given business class ticket, but later he came to know that there was no business class section in the flight.

When an officer requested Gaikwad to deboard, it sparked a row, with Gaikwad insisting that he was a Lok Sabha member and would speak only with the Air India Chairman. And so he hit him.

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"(The steward) said "I will complain to (Indian Prime Minister Narendra) Modi", so I hit him", said Gaikwad. I am not saying no action has to be taken.

"I will not apologize".

Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju wrote on twitter: "Recd".

Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has sought a report to determine the facts before he decides on what happens next for Gaikwad.

Gaikwad, from the Shiv Sena party, allies of India's ruling BJP, did not apologize for Thursday's confrontation and told reporters he had been badly treated.

Following the incident, the national carrier is also looking to have a no-fly list.

"It is not only Shiv Sena's responsibility, it is also the responsibility of the government which is in power".

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