Air India relents under pressure, lifts ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad

After 15 days of being grounded, Ravindra Gaikwad will now be able to fly again.

Controversial Shiv Sena Member of Parliament Ravindra Gaikwad will fly again after 15 days of being grounded.

The Ministry of Civil Aviation in a statement has said Air India has been asked to lift the ban on the controversial MP.

Gaikwad has been embroiled in controversy ever since he hit an 60-year-old Air India staffer 25 times with his slipper over a seat disagreement.

Yesterday, the Minister of State of Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha held a two-hour meeting with Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani over the Gaikwad issue.

Following that, Gaikwad wrote a letter addressed the Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju in which he expressed 'regret' for the incident, but, notably, did not apologise outright.

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