Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad requested the Centre to withdraw the ban on him imposed by six airlines expressing “regret” for assaulting an Air India staffer on March 23. “It could have been no one’s intention to have let the situation aggravate to the level that it eventually did,” he wrote in a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Gajapathi Raju.
The MP from Osmanabad further added that probe will “bring out the factual sequence of events” “This incident may kindly not be seen as a reason for likely recurrence of such an event in future also,” he wrote. The restriction on his flying has affected the “effective discharge of his duties and responsibilities,” the Shiv Sena MP further added.
However, the Ministry of Civil Aviation on Thursday said it is scrutinizing the apology letter.
Gaikwad also said that he will only apologise to Parliament if the dignity of the House is hurt, “but not to the (Air India) officer”. “I have been charged under IPC 308, which is for ‘attempt to murder’. Was I holding any weapon? Is this justice,” he asked.
There was chaos in Parliament on Thursday with Shiv Sena threatening to interrupt operations at the Mumbai airport if the prohibition on Gaikwad was not withdrawn. Party MP Anant Geete was heard saying, “No flight will take off from Mumbai.” Post the noise in Parliament, the Air India management has been asked to heighten security.