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Air India staffer assault case: Delhi Police books MP Ravindra Gaikwad

Delhi Police today registered an FIR against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who had assaulted an Air India staffer at the Delhi Airport on Thursday.

Delhi crime branch will probe the case. The FIR was filed at Airport police station.

Charges under Section 355 of the Indian Penal Code (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person) and under Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) have been slapped against the Lok Sabha MP.

He had thrashed 61-year-old Sukumar Raman of AISATS, Air India’s ground handling firm,  with his slipper 25 times at the Delhi’s IGI airport after landing from Pune.


In the meantime, Gaikwad also submitted a complaint against Air India before Delhi Police making a counter allegation that he was pushed and yelled upon.

The MP said he was made to travel by Air India on economy class even as he had a business class ticket. The airline on the other hand has said the flight was an all-economy one and had no business class seats.

Giakwad may have to travel by train or bus now as the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has refused to seek an apology from the Osmanabad MP. The FIA said that it is not seeking any apology from Gaikwad as it would then mean allowing him to fly again.

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