After Air India, IndiGo also cancels Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad's ticket

Shiv Sena MP hits Air India employee with slipper claims the airline gave him economy class seat

When asked about the incident by a reporter, he actually had the cheek to correct the latter saying "Maine use chappal se nahin, sandal se maara, kaan ke neeche baja dala") ("I did not hit him with shoes, but with sandals; below the ears".

Referring to the police complaint filed against him by Air India, he claimed the FIR can not be registered against him without the approval from the Lok Sabha Speaker as Parliament is in session.

On Thursday, Gaikwad had hit a 60-year-old Air India staff member with a slipper.

A common practice among global and some private Indian airlines, this is the first time the Indian national carrier has blacklisted a rowdy passenger.

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The decision was taken a day after Gaikwad thrashed Sukumar repeatedly with a slipper after he was forced to travel in economy class from Pune to Delhi despite holding a business class ticket. Gaikwad said.Following the incident, Air India blacklisted the Shiv Sena leader.

Delhi Police meanwhile have said that an FIR has been lodged against Gaikwad.

According to reports, after filing the report, the MP reportedly took a train back to Delhi, as most of the airlines had "grounded" him.

Past year an MP was arrested on charges of assaulting an airline official after he and his family were prevented from boarding a flight because the gate had closed.

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Air India has cancelled Gaikwad's return ticket from Delhi to Pune at 4 pm on Friday, implementing the first-of-its-kind ban in India. I will file a defamation case against the CMD (Chairman & Managing Director) and officers (of Air India) next week for bringing ignominy to me across the country by spreading false information against me, besides insulting me.

"I said I am an MP, don't raise your voice. I will not apologise", the MP said on Friday, suggesting his party would support him in the fight. "How can they not let me travel when I have a booking and I am their passenger".

For the record, the goon MP has 7 serious criminal cases against him, on charges of rioting, wrongful restraint, assaulting a government servant, physical assault and criminal intimidation.

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

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It is not the first time such an incident has taken place in India.

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