AI staffer assault case: Gaikwad denies being summoned by Uddhav

After he was barred from flying, MP Ravindra Gaekwad had to board a train to Mumbai on Friday.

While media was abuzz with reports of Uddhav Thackeray's meeting with Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaekwad after he assaulted an Air India staffer on Thursday, the MP said that no meeting has been planned yet.

Gaikwad was reportedly to visit Matoshree to meet Thackeray and to narrate his version of the incident today. When asked if he was called he said, "I have not been called yet and there has been no communication with the Shiv Sena chief."

On being asked if he spoke to Uddhav after the incident, he said that he did not have a detailed interaction between the party chief. He added that he was heading for his constituency Osmanabad.

He also refuted the rumours surrounding the creation of a three-member committee to probe the incident. "I have been to stay mum and not interact with any media," Gaikwad told India Today.

Earlier there were reports that the party was likely to issue a warning to the MP.

Gaikwad was barred from flying by prominent airliners after he assaulted an Air India staffer on Thursday. After he was barred from flying, he had to board a train to Mumbai on Friday.

Special Commissioner of Police Dependra Pathak said on Friday that an FIR had been registered and the case has been transferred to the Crime Branch for a through probe.

Pathak said Gaikwad had been booked on charges of attempt to commit culpable homicide and assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour a person under the Indian Penal Code.

Air India had lodged a complaint with police on Thursday, but Delhi Police took legal opinion before finally registering an FIR on Friday.


On Thursday, when Gaikwad refused to de-board, Sukumar said he first requested the MP in English to get off the plane but was told to speak in Hindi.

When he began to speak in Hindi, Gaikwad flared up and hit him with his slipper. Although Thursday, Gaikwad boasted how he had hit the staffer with his slipper "25 times".

"I will not apologise. Why should I? It is not my mistake. They should apologise first, then (we) will see."

Gaikwad also shot off complaints to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan demanding an inquiry into the incident.

"We believe an assault on any one of our employees is an assault on all of us and on ordinary law abiding citizens of our country who work hard to earn a living," said Federation of Indian Airlines Associate Director Ujjwal Dey.

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