Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad will have to wait before his case can be heard by the Privilege Committee of Parliament.
Highly placed sources told India Today that Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has sought a 'factual report' from the Ministry of Civil Aviation regarding Shiv Sena's privilege notice against Air India.
Ravindra Gaikwad had last week allegedly abused and assaulted an Air India staffer with slippers. The incident prompted national outrage and the Federation of Indian Aviation (FIA) barred the Shiv Sena MP from flying in any of its member airlines. Air India, Vistara and Air Asia, which are not part of the FIA, also refused to let Gaikwad fly in their carriers.
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT HOW PARLIAMENT REACTED TO THE EPISODE:
- According to sources, the Speaker will decide whether the case (Shiv Sena's privilege motion against Air India) is fit to be referred to the Privilege Committee in the first place or not.
- The primary purpose of the Speaker's office is to ascertain the genuineness of the allegation--Sena has alleged that Air India has barred MP Ravindra Gaikwad from flying.
- The Speaker's office would also want clarity on whether Air India cheated the MP and if its employees misbehaved with Gaikwad.
- Only when the report from the Ministry of Civil Aviation is found to be in sync with Shiv Sena's allegation, the Speaker would allow the matter to be referred to the Privilege Committee.
- As of now, the Speaker has said that the notice for privilege motion is under consideration. "I have received your notice of motion of privilege, it is under my consideration," Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has said.
- The issue of privilege motion was raised by Shiv Sena MP Anandrao Adsul in the House as soon as the Zero Hour started.
- Earlier Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal had defended Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. "This is a Constitutional right of a citizen. How can you ban somebody? If he is guilty, a case will be filed and judicial action will be taken. Tomorrow, if any official says anything, they will stop the person from flying. This is violation of Constitutional right," the SP leader said.
- Members of the Congress had also questioned the flying ban on Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad.
- The 57-year old MP from Osmanabad, Ravindra Gaikwad, had allegedly hit a 60-year-old duty manager of Air India 25 times with slippers reportedly because he had to travel economy class despite having an open business class ticket. The AI flight was an all-economy one.
- As Federation of Indian Aviation and other major airlines put him on a 'no-fly' list, Gaikwad had to take a train back home to Maharashtra on Wednesday.