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Air India lifts 'flight ban' on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad

On March 23, Gaikwad had an altercation with Air India official, after he refused to deboard a Pune-Delhi flight at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the national capital.

Gaikwad was prohibited from flying on any airline after he allegedly assaulted a 60-year-old employee of Air India, India's flag carrier. He has been punished enough and dragging the issue will only create an unsavory incident. This act also led most of the Indian Airline companies to impose a No-Fly ban on Gaikwad.

"A case has already been registered against Gaikwad for all the misdeeds".

The ban was lifted by Air India, hours after it thwarted an attempt by Gaikwad to book a ticket for the seventh time in the last two weeks. "I neither booked a ticket for the April 17 or 24 with any airlines", Gaikwad said. He further claimed the charges against him were "unfounded" and should be taken back.

India on Friday overturned a travel ban on a controversial politician who attacked a flight steward with his sandal after being refused a business class seat. After which, the Delhi Police registered an FIR against MP Ravindra Gaikwad and booked him under section 308 and 355 of the IPC. Far from calling the Shiv Sena's bluff, the NDA government showed rank weakness in not standing up to the strongarm tactics of a hard ally owing allegiance to the same saffron outlook.

The MP has since submitted a letter of "regret" to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.

"Unless he tenders an unconditional apology to AI employees, and undertakes in writing to abide by the Chicago and Tokyo Conventions and Rules of the Air and follow all cabin safety and public behaviour norms, we must not let him on board", the letter stated.

After the ban was lifted today, the MP told India Today that he'd apologised in Parliament, and that he wouldn't do so to anyone else.

But the national passenger carrier did not remove the ban but sources in the Civil Aviation Ministry said that they are looking into the matter after Gaikwad's assurance that such incident will not be repeated.

The spokesperson said, "AI is committed to ensuring its employees are not assaulted or misbehaved with".

Dola Sen's behaviour is, of course, nowhere as violent as that of Ravindra Gaikwad who faces criminal charges.

"I did not fight for seat". While coming down, I wanted the complaint register to write a complaint.

"After 45 minutes, an officer came".

An Air India flight was delayed by almost 40 minutes at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport in New Delhi yesterday as Trinamool Congress (TMC) Rajya Sabha member Dola Sen created a fuss over seating arrangement.