A Day after he abused his power as Member of the Parliament and physically assaulted a 60-year-old official of Air India, Shiv Sena's Ravindra Gaikwad remained defiant, challenging the police to arrest him.
Hitting out at Sukumar, Gaikwad reiterated that the Air India staffer "misbehaved" with him and said the footage of the CCTV camera installed in the aircraft concerned can be checked to verify "who was at fault".
An Indian lawmaker who repeatedly beat an airline employee with a sandal after he was unable to get a business class seat has been banned by major Indian airlines on Friday. "Be it a MP or a normal person everyone loses their temper at some point of time", Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI.
Sukumar said the police must act so that there is a deterrence.
According to reports, after filing the report, the MP reportedly took a train back to Delhi, as most of the airlines had "grounded" him.
60-year old Raman, in his complaint to the police said that his glasses were broken during the assault.
State carrier Air India has also barred Gaikwad, who had assaulted its staffer, from its flights and even cancelled his return ticket to Pune from here, anticipating backlash by its employees.
A senior Indian lawmaker on Thursday, bragged about hitting an employee of the national carrier, Air India with his slipper as he was denied a business class seat in a Delhi-bound flight. "We have also sought a version of the incident from the Air India staffer", said Harshal Pradhan, media adviser to party president Uddhav Thackeray.
"An Air India official called me that their staff is upset over the issue".
"I said I am an MP, don't raise your voice".
"I am not scared at all, either with Gaikwad or with the Shiv Sena". "I kept asking for a complaint book but they kept refusing".
MLA Bachchu Kadu, from Achalpur constituency of Maharashtra's Amravati District, today said that Gaikwad did the right thing. I have been dealing with the public.
Earlier, the Centre also took cognizance of the incident and assured a thorough probe into the matter.
"In the interest of the safety and security of our colleagues and other customers we also propose the promulgation of a "no fly" list which shall include the names of all unruly passengers", Dey said in the FIA statement.