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Horror night for 23-year-old Pune lady: Raped by two, molested by one

A rickshaw driver and his friend have been arrested for allegedly raping a 23-year-old woman in Kondhwa area of Pune on Wednesday night. According to the woman, she had boarded the rickshaw when the driver called up his friend and both raped her. Following her complaint to Kondhwa police station, the rickshaw driver and his friend were arrested on Thursday. The rickshaw driver has been identified as Balaji Maruti Shinde (31) and his friend has been identified as Satish Jaypal Mane (23). According to police, the woman is a divorcee and after separating from her husband she has been staying with her parents in Yerwada area. The woman in her statement given to police stated that on Wednesday night, she had an argument with her brother and then she left her house to go to her ex-husband.Senior inspector Milind Gaikwad, in charge of Kondhwa police station told DNA, “On Wednesday night, the woman came to Kondhwa but she could not meet her ex-husband. Later she boarded Shinde’s rickshaw but since she had a fight with her parents, she was looking for shelter.””The woman in her complaint stated that the Shinde called his friend Mane, while passing though Kondhwa. Taking advantage of her helplessness, Mane took her to Siddharthnagar area in Kondhwa and raped her. Later even Shinde also raped her by taking her to Hadapsar area,” Gaikwad added. According to the statement of the woman, after raping her, Shinde called another friend of his who took her to camp area in Shinde’s rickshaw where he molested her and left on Thursday early morning. Meanwhile, the woman’s family had approached Yerwada police where they had lodged a missing complaint . On Thursday morning, one of the constables of Yerwada police station spotted the lady walking in Yerwada area and after enquiring, she narrated the whole incident. Based on the complaint of the woman, Shinde and Mane were arrested on Thursday while the third person who allegedly dropped her in camp area is still at large. The arrested persons were produced before the court where they have been remanded police custody for seven days.

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BMC denies info to RTI applicant

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An RTI applicant was denied information about the occupation certificate and ground floor plan of a ward office by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) stating that it will be a threat to security.While denying such information, it cited an order from former chief information commissioner which was itself corrected after much hue and cry as it blocked giving away details of buildings under RTI.Girish Mittal, Borivli resident, had filed an RTI application with the R/Central (Borivli) ward office, seeking details of reason along with file notings on why only one entry gate was open to the public for entry, reason for not allowing public to park in the ward’s premises, the DC rules on the two subject, the occupation certificate and the ground floor lay out.While replying to the information, the public information officer cited an order of former chief information commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad’s order which stated that due to security reasons the building plan not be provided. Often alleged to be the most corrupt department, Gaikwad’s order attracted sharp criticism and a clarification as activists said that terrorists did not need to file an RTI application to access building details.Gaikwad then issued a clarification which categorically stated that parking, cross section of building, occupancy certificate, and other relevant details be provided under RTI except internal details of the building.”It is a classic case of officers being well aware of all the negative orders that block transparency and little that promote it. There was a clarification on this order,” said Shailesh Gandhi, former central information commissioner.”There is no question that such information cannot be provided. What they cannot provide is internal detailing. That is what was decided in the technical advisory committee of the BMC which decides what to give under RTI,” said Bhaskar Prabhu.

BMS paper leak: Plaint filed against student

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after a third-year BMS paper under the University of Mumbai was reportedly doing the rounds on WhatsApp minutes before the examination, a student at an Andheri college was found with a copy of the ‘Marketting E-commerce and Digital Marketing’ paper minutes after the exam began on Thursday.The third-year BMS student, who was writing her paper at MVM college of Commerce in Andheri West, was found with a copy of the paper in her mobile phone at 11.45 am by one of the junior supervisors at the college. As per the official press statement issued by the university, a team of university officials visited the college and directed the college authorities to register a complaint in the issue.Bharat Gaikwad, Senior Police Inspector, Amboli Police station under whose jurisdiction the college falls, said the police are investigating. “We have received a complaint from the college and are looking into it. So far, we cannot ascertain anything as preliminary investigation is on” added Gaikwad.Despite several reports of BMS papers doing the rounds on social media, the varsity maintained its stand that its paper delivery system was tamper-proof.Tamper-proofThe university said that it sends question papers to affiliated colleges via Digital Exam Paper Delivery System in which the paper gets a watermark of the college that downloads it making the system secure.

Lost your chappals? Pune rural cops will probe if case serious enough

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While many of us might have experienced a situation wherein police delay registering a genuine complaint of theft or robbery, Pune rural police have proved to be an exception to this.The cops have found it serious enough to entertain a case of a missing sandal of a person.In a quirky instance, one Vishal Kalekar, a resident of Rakshewadi in Khed tahsil of Pune district, had on October 3 walked to the police station to report that his brand new sandal was stolen from outside his apartment and insisted on filing an FIR.And the Khed police registered a case of theft under section 379 of IPC against unidentified persons after the 36-year-old Kalekar insisted on doing so, a police official said.Kalekar lives on the third floor of Palash Residency apartment on the Takalkarwadi Road in Khed, the official added.”We have registered an offence of theft in this case and our probe is on,” Pradeep Jadhav, Inspector of Khed police station told PTI over phone today.Asked whether he had faced such instances in the past, the official said one can’t say who will come with what type of complaint.”As of now we only can say that an offence of theft has been registered against unidentified persons and nobody has been arrested yet,” he said.As per the complaint, the incident occurred in the wee hours of October 3, between 3 am and 8 am, when some unidentified persons came inside the building and allegedly took away his new black sandal worth Rs 425, an official said.After Kalekar approached the police, onduty police Y M Gaikwad registered an offence of theft and he was given the copy of the first information report (FIR).The Khed station officials today confirmed that police Naik S M Dhole is investigating the case.

‘Top CA’s daughter may not have jumped to death’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Dadar Central Government Railway Police (GRP), who is probing the alleged suicide case of Pallavi Vikamsey, daughter of President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), was told by an eyewitness on Saturday that she doesn’t think Pallavi committed suicide, and that it could have been an accidental fall.However, moments before her death, Pallavi had sent a text message to her sister-in-law that said, “I am sorry, no one is responsible.”On Saturday the police recorded Jyoti Gaikwad’s statement, the lone witness to Pallavi’s fall from the running train, as the two were travelling in the same coach. Sources from the police said Gaikwad told them that Pallavi was looking disturbed from the time she boarded the train, repeatedly peeped out the coach’s door and was losing her balance. Gaikwad added that she wasn’t sure whether Pallavi jumped off to commit suicide but it could have been an accidental fall.The police recorded Pallavi’s father, Nilesh’s statement on Friday in which he did not make any mention of Pallavi being upset. He stated that he does not blame anyone for her death and thinks that it was an accident. “We are still probing all angles and have asked for details of Pallavi’s call records. Her mobile is still missing,” said Nitin Bobade, senior police inspector, Dadar central government railway police station. On October 4, Pallavi Vikamsey boarded a slow train from CSMT at 6 pm. At 6:40 pm, the station master at Currey Road railway station informed the GRP about a mangled body lying on the tracks between Currey Road and Parel.THE CASEOn October 4, Pallavi Vikamsey boarded a slow train from CSMT at 6 pm. At 6:40 pm, the station master at Currey Road railway station informed the GRP about a mangled body lying on the tracks between Currey Road and Parel. Her family had filed a missing person’s report the same night.

Maharashtra: BJP corporator from KDMC booked for raping woman on promise of marriage

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A case has been registered against a BJP corporator from Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) for allegedly repeatedly raping a 27-year-old woman on a promise of marriage, city police said.The police have also booked a couple, associated with another political party, for helping the corporator in the crime, they said.As per the complaint lodged by the city-based victim, the corporator– Daya Vasant Gaikwad– repeatedly raped her between June and August this year, Thane police spokesperson Sukhada Narkar said.”The complainant said that Gaikwad developed a friendship with her and repeatedly raped her at different places in Titwala and Badlapur in the district under the promise of marriage,” the police officer said.When the victim threatened to approach the police against Gaikwad, he hatched a conspiracy and roped in a couple– Ashwini Dhumal and her husband Manoj Dhumal– associated with another major political party in the state, police said.”The couple contacted the victim via social media and invited her to their house to settle the matter. When she went there, the Dhumals asked her to demand Rs 10 lakh and a flat from the corporator. They audio-recorded their conservation and passed it on to Gaikwad,” Narkar said.Gaikwad then threatened the victim that he would use the audio recording as a proof that the victim was threatening him and trying to extort money from him, police said.The woman lodged a complaint. Based on her complaint, the Vartaknagar police last night registered a case against Gaikwad under sections 376 (rape), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace) and 506 (criminal intimidation).Offence was also registered against the couple under different sections of the IPC, police said.No arrest has been made so far in the case and further investigation is on.

Dahanu drug racket accused had fooled cops a year ago

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Amboli police while interrogating the four accused involved in manufacturing mephedrone or meow meow, a recreational drug, at a Dahanu farmhouse revealed that a year back, a police team had raided their drug den in Dapchari in Palghar district but they had managed to fool the police.The accused fooled the police by claiming that it was a medicine manufacturing plant. They also invested the money acquired from the drug business into real estate. The police are now probing this money trail as well.On August 25, Amboli police team led by Assistant Police Inspector, Daya Naik had arrested Valsad resident Sanyal Bane, 33, Baba Gafoor Chaudhary, 37, and Ahmad Abdul Rauf,41, for allegedly producing mephedrone inside the farmhouse for the past four months. The police seized 900 grams of drug worth Rs 18 lakh. Moreover, the police have also seized raw materials which could have led to production of another 65 kg of mephedrone.Bharat Gaikwad, Senior Police Inspector, Amboli police station said, “So far, they had managed to sell 10 kg of mephedrone and the accused have been arrested under Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. They have been remanded into police custody up to September 1. We are probing if other persons are involved in the drug racket.”

Accountant of a firm kills self, names its director in note

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The chief accountant of a forging company allegedly killed himself by consuming poison in a hotel at Chakan in the district, the police said today. The deceased, identified as Nilesh Gaikwad (32), has named the director of his company in the suicide note purportedly written by him, a District Police official said. Gaikwad wrote that the director had asked him to borrow Rs 15 crore from various persons. “As per the 10-page suicide note, Gaikwad claimed that out of the Rs 15 crore, the director returned Rs 11.50 crore. However, the director started avoiding Gaikwad when the latter insisted him to pay the remaining payment as well as his commission, which collectively stood at Rs 4.10 crore,” a Chakan police station officer said quoting the suicide note. Gaikwad stated that he was under great pressure from the lenders. “The director had asked him to give him time till December to pay back the balance amount, but Gaikwad had requested him to pay at least Rs 1.45 crore so that he can get the lenders off his back for some time,” said the officer. However, as the director started avoiding Gaikwad, the latter took the extreme step. The matter came to light yesterday when the staff of the hotel, where Gaikwad had booked a room, grew suspicious after a foul smell started emanating from his room. “We are investigating from whom and when he had borrowed the money and gave it to the company director,” he said. The director was booked under section 306 (abetment of suicide) of IPC. The company officials cannot be reached for comments despite repeated attempts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Days after complaint from BJP MP, New Maha Sadan caterer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The New Maharashtra Sadan has penalised its catering contractor for not following certain conditions of the contract, a senior official said today, days after a BJP MP complained about bad service in the canteen. Maharashtra Resident Commissioner Aabha Shukla did not elaborate on the reason behind the step, but confirmed that he was fined. “The contractor was penalised for not following certain conditions of the contract,” she said. Earlier this week, Sunil Gaikwad, a BJP MP from Latur, had complained of unsatisfactory service in the New Maharashtra Sadan canteen. Gaikwad was not available for comment. The New Maharashtra Sadan was in the news in 2014 when Shiv Sena MPs allegedly tried to force feed a worker observing Roza, claiming bad quality food was served to them.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

455 cases of unruly air travellers since 2016: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A total of 455 cases of unruly behaviour by air travellers have been reported since 2016, the Lok Sabha was informed today. “A total of 294 and 161 incidents took place in 2016 and 2017 respectively,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said in a written reply. Two Members of Parliament (MPs) were recently barred from by the domestic carriers from flying after they allegedly assaulted and abused airline staff in two separate incidents. The ban on them was subsequently revoked by the airlines. Following once such incident, where Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad allegedly hit an Air India ground staff “25 times” with slippers earlier this year, the government was forced to prepare draft rules for a no-fly list comprising unruly passengers. As per the draft rules, a passenger could be barred from flying for three months to an indefinite period for an act of misdemeanour. The government is in the last stages of finalising the rules on the no-fly list.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Congress MLA Nitesh Rane held for throwing fish at govt officer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Police on Tuesday arrested Maharashtra Congress MLA Nitesh Rane in Sindhudurg district for allegedly throwing fish at a senior government officer during a meeting last week.Rane was arrested along with 23 others at Malvan in coastal Konkan and produced in a local court, Sindhudurg’s Additional Superintendent of Police Prakash Gaikwad told PTI.He was charged with using criminal force on a public servant from performing duty, rioting, criminal intimidation besides other sections.In a video clip aired by local news channels, Rane was purportedly seen talking to the fisheries commissioner of Sindhudurg in his office packed with people on July 6.It showed that during the meeting called to discuss problems faced by fishermen, the legislator lost his cool, picked up a fish which was dumped on the commissioner’s table and threw it at him.The MLA from Kankavli in the coastal Sindhudurg district had then said he did so to protest the officer’s alleged “ignorant attitude” towards the woes of the traditional fishing community of the Konkan region.”There are two kinds of fishermen in Sindhudurg. One who use traditional methods for fishing and the other who use modern technology,” Rane had said.According to the state government’s rules, fishing areas are clearly demarcated for both communities, he said.Yet, those using modern technology often cross over to the areas earmarked for fishermen using traditional methods, resulting in financial losses to them, he had alleged.

BVG celebrates Silver Jubilee in grand style @ 6/21/2017 3:56:15 PM

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi India, June 21 (ANI-BusinessWire India): A Marathi entrepreneur in the form of Hanmant Gaikwad has brought change in the service sector. His success has brought glory to Maharashtra and is pride of all Marathi people, said Union Road, Surface Transport and Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari. Gadkari spoke at the Silver Jubilee function of Bharat Vikas Group, in the presence of former Minister for Agriculture, Sharad Pawar, Chairman of the Strategic Group, Sandeep Vasalekar; Veteran Scientist, Dr. Raghunath Mashelkar; Hanmant Gaikwad, Chairman of Bharat Vikas Group (BVG) and Vice Chairman, Umesh Mane and Arunima Sinha, the Goodwill Ambassador of BVG. Three apps were launched at the occasion. ?108?, the app designed for an emergency situation, was launched by Arunima Sinha. Domestiqa, the app for domestic services, was launched by Sandeep Vasalekar. Booklet app, the audio book app, was launched by Dr. Mashelkar. Amrut Deshmukh, who read books for the app, was felicitated. Also, the book ?BVG Krishi Tantradnyan? and the Gram Vikas App were launched by Sharad Pawar. Suryakant Mane, the first employee of the group and Tata Motors, the first customer, were also felicitated on the occasion. The logo of the BVG Nivara, the affordable housing scheme, was unveiled by Gadkari. ?My familiarity with Hanmantrao grew more and more during the last 8-10 years. He succeeded not only in Maharashtra but outside of the state as well. Today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised him. He has brought glory to Maharashtra. His achievements are the pride of the Maharashtra and Marathi people. While running his business he teaches people how to conduct themselves as human and this is his true greatness. The conduct of the people trained by him is ideal,? said Gadkari. Praising Gaikwad?s work, he said influenced by Swami Vivekananda?s ideology, he has still his feet on the ground even after achieving so much success. ?You have made Marathi people successful in Delhi, now venture out to the world,? he said. Dr. Mashelkar said because of Gaikwad, the children from Varangwadi could get the chance of interacting with the scientists at Kuala Lumpur. He said that inequality since birth is a problem in India and the BVG should work to remove it. In his welcome address, Gaikwad said, ?Today?s program is actually the expression of gratitude. The credit for today?s success goes to our entire team. We are trying to bring change in the lives of 50 lakh people. We are trying to bring domestic help under the social security net like ESI and PF. We are planning to facilitate affordable houses. We are looking at opportunities in Cambodia and Zimbabwe.? ?Gaikwad has reached new heights of achievements after coming from a drought-prone area. While entering parliament, the cleaning equipment of the BVG is what we see first. Then only we can enter the parliament. The guy from Satara has reached Cambodia and he will reach Japan and US tomorrow,? added Sharad Pawar. He mentioned BVG?s work saying, ?BVG is using the plastic to make environment-friendly products. The local bodies should take their advantage. BVG is also working in the solar energy sector. The society will benefit from it without doubt. Today, BVG is providing shelter and employment to 70 thousand families.? (ANI-BusinessWire India) Ends SN NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vizag airport ruckus: 6 airlines bar TDP MP Diwakar Reddy from flying for unruly behaviour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Spicejet, GoAir, Jet Airways and Vistara airlines on Friday joined Indigo and Air India to put Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Diwakar Reddy under no fly list for his unruly behaviour with a staffer at the Vishakhapatnam airport.Earlier on March 23, the Air India registered two FIRs against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes.On Thursday, Indigo approached the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) to ban Reddy after he created a ruckus in the airport for denying a boarding pass. He reached the airport just 28 minutes before his flight was to take off.
ALSO READ Watch | TDP MP Diwakar Reddy creates ruckus at Vizag airport, throws printer at Indigo stafferHe was, however, later provided a boarding pass.As per DGCA rules, checking counters close 45 minutes before the scheduled take-off time of an aircraft.
ALSO READ Gaikwad 2.0? IndiGo, Air India ban TDP MP Diwakar Reddy from its flightsReddy, however, rebuffed the charges and said, he did not misbehave with any official of the Indigo.The TDP MP said, number of people were standing at the counter when he reached the airport, who were not granted the boarding pass then.But Indigo confirmed the reports of the ruckus and said that Reddy raged against a staff and behaved aggressively.Reportedly, some property in the Indigo office was also broken.Reddy had earlier repeated this behaviour in October last year at the Vijaywada Airport, when he arrived late to catch an Air India flight. He had then resorted to vandalism and an argument.

Other Acts should be invoked or cited with RTI in public interest matters: Ratnakar Gaikwad, on his last day as state info chief

Gaikwad’s stint saw some landmark orders like ministers’ offices coming under the RTI ambit, Reliance Metro being declared a public authority, FIRs and police manual being brought under RTI Act, among others <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On his last day of office on Monday, state chief information commissioner, Ratnakar Gaikwad emphasized that information commissioners should now increasingly look to invoke or cite various Acts along with the RTI Act in their orders, whenever there is a public interest application.Speaking to DNA as he prepared to demit office on Monday after a five year tenure, Gaikwad said,”In all public interest matters, other Acts like Public Records Act, legislation on delay in file movements etc should be clubbed in the orders. That will help in development and achieve greater transparency,” said Gaikwad.Gaikwad’s stint saw some landmark orders like ministers’ offices coming under the RTI ambit, Reliance Metro being declared a public authority, FIRs and police manual being brought under RTI Act, among others. He also issued show cause notices to senior officials under IPC sections and defined powers of a chief information commissioner that were upheld by court. Application of RTI Act that sought reasons for government decisions if controversial transfers were made further ensured that several provisions of RTI Act were in use.

Six arrested for posing as Sales Tax officers, extorting money

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ulhasnagar police in Thane district have arrested six persons who allegedly posed as Sales Tax officers and extorted lakhs of rupees from shop owners. The arrested men were identified as Harish Chhajad (48), Ramkrishna Gunjal (42), Brijmohanlal Sarate (47), Sharadkant Nerkar (64), Prakash Gaikwad (50) and Sunil Kolekar (36). Chhajad was the mastermind of this racket, police said. The accused visited a wholesaler’s shop dealing in chikki, chocolates and biscuits near Vitthalwadi railway station in Ulhasnagar on April 24. The car in which they came sported the logo of Maharashtra Government. Introducing themselves as Sales Tax officers, they `inspected’ ledgers, documents, receipts, etc., and told the owner that he had breached some regulations and they would have to seal the shop. The owner requested them to talk with his chartered accountant. The accused told the CA that the owner would have to pay them Rs five lakh if he wanted to avoid action. In the meantime, owner of a nearby shop came there, and realised that these were the same men who had extorted Rs two lakh from him by fraudulently posing as Sales Tax officers. The shop owner engaged them in conversation while alerting the Ulhasnagar Central Police station. Police rushed to the spot and arrested them. Duplicate I-cards, fake Sales Tax forms and the car with Government logo was seized. During the interrogation the accused confessed to similar offences in Ulhasnagar and also in Nashik, police said. A local court has remanded the accused in police custody till May 2. Further probe is on.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA Morning Must Reads: Fresh trouble for TTV Dinakaran, Samsung Galaxy S8 first impressions, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>EC bribery row: Amid midnight drama, Delhi Police team serves notice to TTV DinakaranDelhi Police officials on Wednesday night served summons to AIADMK deputy chief T T V Dinakaran in a case of alleged bribery to EC officials for retrieving the party’s ‘two leaves’ symbol. Read more hereWhat ‘azaadi’? Stone-pelters should be shot, beaten by canes, says J&K ministerOn the day the state Cabinet asked the security forces to exercise restraint to avoid casualties, Jammu and Kashmir Industries Minister Chander Prakash Ganga stirred a hornet’s nest by calling for shooting “stone-pelters and traitors” in an apparent bid to bring about peace in the restive Valley. Read more here’We’re neither prostitutes nor drug addicts,’ say Malad sisters, ask HC to save them from parentsSiblings go on protest walk, pleading the HC to “save them from their parents”. Read more hereBabri case: CBI probe under scanner as SC restores criminal conspiracy charges against BJP’s bigwigsThe Supreme Court has pronounced its verdict and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is sitting pretty. But not many know that it was the country’s premiere agency itself which had dropped the criminal conspiracy charge under section 120-B of the IPC against Advani and others while submitting a supplementary charge sheet in May 2003 before Rae Bareli Special CBI Court. Read more hereWatch: Now, Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad engages in verbal spat with cops, video goes viralShiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad allegedly had a heated argument with cops over “non- functioning” of ATMs at Latur in Marathwada region, police said. Read more hereSamsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ First Impressions: The most beautiful Android smartphone has arrivedMake some room for two new premium smartphones in the Indian market – Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The company has really gone through great lengths to ensure that these two have you full attention as they primarily sport impressive specifications and draw-dropping design. Read more here

Attack on Maha CIC: BBM says its cadres were provoked

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after eight of its cadres were arrested for allegedly assaulting Maharashtra Chief Information Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad in Aurangabad, the Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh toady said that the party workers retaliated only in “self defence” after they were “provoked”. The incident took place last afternoon at Subhedari government guest house where Gaikwad had gone for some official work. “Upon his arrival (at the guest house), Gaikwad gestured to private bouncers who began forcibly evicting the BBM (Bharip Bahujan Mahasangh) cadres who had gathered on the lawns of the guest house for a meeting. Our party workers retaliated only in self-defence as they were provoked. We strongly believe in the rule of law,” said the BBM general secretary J V Pawar. BBM is headed by Prakash Ambedkar, the grandson of dalit icon B R Ambedkar. According to the police, Gaikwad was attacked as the BBM workers were suspecting that he had a role in the demolition of historic Ambedkar Bhavan in Mumbai last year. Prakash Ambedkar had filed an FIR against Gaikwad, former chief secretary of Maharashtra, and Madhukar Kamble, trustee of the People’s Improvement Trust, in connection with the demolition. When asked about the reason for the presence of BBM cadres at the guest house yesterday, Pawar said that they usually hold their official meetings there as they could not afford to hold party meetings elsewhere for want of funds. “We have been holding meetings at the venue since long, which was never objected to by anyone. Until Gaikwad’s arrival at the venue, the cadres led by our Aurangabad district president Amit Bhuigad were not aware of who he (Gaikwad) was,” the BBM general secretary said. Pawar also issued a statement saying that the BBM has been locked in a political fight over the demolition of Ambedkar Bhavan and the Budhabhushan Printing Press in Central Mumbai. He stated that Gaikwad was “a pawn in the political fight.” However, Pawar didn’t specify against whom the “political fight” is continuing. The dalit leader alleged that the BJP-led state government has been “targeting” the parties like BBM which refuse to toe its political line. “The BJP was well aware that the Ambedkar Bhavan case is coming up for hearing in court on April 24 and hence the incident at Aurangabad was planned,” he said. Responding to a query how could Gaikwad sustain injuries if the BBM cadres were merely “defending” themselves, Pawar questioned, “how could a injured person walk down to the airport and board a flight to Mumbai. If Ratnakar Gaikwad was so seriously injured then why did he not seek medical treatment in Aurangabad itself before coming to Mumbai?”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maharashtra’s Chief Information Commissioner assaulted; 8 held

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least eight persons, including an ex-corporator of Bharip-Bhaujan Mahasangh were arrested for assaulting Maharashtra’s Chief Information Commissioner Ratnakar Gaikwad at Aurangabad today, police said. The incident took place at 3.30 PM at Subhedari government guest house where Gaikwad had gone for some official work, they said. According to police, Gaikwad was manhandled as he got down from the car by supporters of Bharip-Bahujan Mahasangh, a political party of Dalit leader Prakash Ambedkar. “The assailants were supporters of Prakash Ambedkar, who has been critical of Gaikwad over demolition of the ‘Ambedkar Bhawan’ in Mumbai last year,” Wasim Hasmi, senior Police Inspector of Begumpura Police Station, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Uddhav Thackeray seeks Centre’s help for waiver of farm loans in Maharashtra

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Till last week, Shiv Sena, the BJP’s old and biggest ally, was infuriated with the Modi government, the Ravindra Gaikwad issue being the latest bone of contention. But, on Monday night, the differences seemed to have been ironed out as Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah in the Capital.Both sides described the meetings as “positive”.During the meeting of leaders of National Democratic Alliance (NDA) parties, Thackeray asked the Centre to help Maharashtra in waiving loans of farmers in distress, on the lines of Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh. Thackeray, sources said, pointed out that loan waiver was a burning issue in Maharashtra. Recalling that the NDA, while in opposition, had consistently sought relief for farmers, he said the onus is now on the Modi government now.The demand for farm loan waiver has united opposition parties — the Congress and NCP — along with other smaller parties. Last week, they concluded a 1,500-km-long protest march on the issue, covering Vidarbha and Marathwada, that faced one of the worst droughts last year.Soon after the UP government announced loan waiver, the Shiv Sena had demanded that Maharashtra too take a similar step, Thackeray’s presence at the meeting was itself significant as days earlier, senior Sena leader Sanjay Raut had warned that the Shiv Sena would skip the NDA meeting if the ban on flying imposed on its MP Gaikwad was not lifted. The civil aviation ministry, which had refrained from stepping in, had sent a letter to Air India asking it to lift the ban, ending the standoff on the issue.”The Prime Minister talked about the long-standing history of ties between BJP and Sena and how that should continue,” sources said.The Sena chief also congratulated Modi on BJP’s massive victory in the recent Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. On the meeting between Amit Shah and Thackeray, sources said it went on for about 15-20 minutes and that they talked about strengthening the alliance and moving ahead from the frictions in recent past.The editorials in Sena mouthpiece Saamna, too, has been a constant source of friction between the two allies, peeving the BJP. Just last week, the Saamna slammed the BJP for ignoring farmers’ issues while pushing for cow slaughter in several states. It had said that the BJP should push for beef ban in North-Eastern states too.

Following Amit Shah’s invite, Uddhav Thackeray likely to attend NDA meet

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Osmanabad Lok Sabha MP Ravindra Gaikwad met Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray at Sena Bhavan in Dadar on Saturday afternoon, it is likely that Thackeray will attend the meeting of NDA constituents in New Delhi on Tuesday.A Sena leader told DNA that after Amit Shah had called Thackeray and extended an invitation for the meeting. Party insiders say that it was after Sena pressure that Air India lifted its ban on Ravindra Gaikwad and so did other airlines.Sena had voted for Congress and UPA Candidate Pratibha Patil instead of NDA candidate Bhairon Singh Shekhawat during the previous Presidential elections despite being an NDA alliance partner. This time Shah is holding a meeting on Tuesday to explore opinions of NDA’s partners for the upcoming presidential election. The Gaikwad episode had put a question mark on Sena’s possible stand. Air India and other airlines lifting their ban on Gaikwad and Shah callling up Thackeray on Friday will ensure that Sena’s support for NDA’s choice, at least for now.Gaikwad had slapped an Air India employee, leading the airline to impose a ban on him. The issue was raised in the Parliament and Gaikwad had made his stand clear. Gaikwad on Saturday arrived from New Delhi, opting to travel by Rajdhani Express. Since the media is hounding him, he chose to meet party chief Uddhav Thackeray at Sena Bhavan instead of Matoshri, as directed by his leader. It is noteworthy that when Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis addressed a press connference soon after the Budget Session came to an end on Friday night, Sena veteran and Miniuster for Transport Diwakar Raote was sitting next to Fadnavis. Chief minister Fadnavis made it clear that there are no issues left unsorted with the Sena now and that the BJP-Sena alliance government would complete its full term.

Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad gave undertaking for his future behavior Centre

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) restoring the flying privileges of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, the Centre on Saturday assured that it has an undertaking from the MP for his future behavior in aircrafts. In a string of tweets, Union Minister of State for Aviation Jayant Sinha explained the development saying that Gaikwad apologised and provided an undertaking that such incidents will not reoccur, which is why Air India had been advised to revoke his ban. In a word of caution, Sinha then proceeded to call on air passengers to note that safety and security for passengers and crew is its paramount priority, adding that unruly and disruptive behavior will result in severe consequences. This includes police action for a specific incident as well as being placed on a no-fly list. Further justifying Gaekwad?s flying ban revocation, the Union Minister said that a flying ban is meant to prevent future unruly behaviour, not to punish past behavior, adding that now the Centre has his undertaking for future behavior. Earlier, the FIA said it has restored the flying privileges of Gaikwad after they were satisfied with the latter’s statement. “The FIA member airlines are also restoring the flying privileges to Mr Gaikwad under the assurance that our assets and colleagues shall be accorded the respect that they deserve for the hard work that they put in every day,” Ujwal Dey, Associate Director of FIA said in a statement. This comes after National Carrier Air India yesterday lifted ban on Gaikwad after a request from Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. The development comes a day after the Shiv Sena MP tendered an apology to the Civil Aviation Minister, expressing regret over the incident. Air India earlier on Thursday announced that it had cancelled Gaikwad’s Delhi-Mumbai round tickets for April 17 and 24. The Shiv Sena MP had allegedly thrashed an Air India staffer with his slipper over a sitting arrangement. On March 24, a day after the incident at the Delhi airport, Air India had barred Gaikwad from flying with it. Following suit, the FIA had also imposed a ban on him. Jet Airways, SpiceJet, GoAir and IndiGo are part of the grouping. When FIA had imposed a flying ban on Gaikwad, two non- member carriers — Vistara and Air Asia — had said they were with the industry on the issue.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Creating ruckus in flight has become a culture among MPs: Congress on Dola Sen-Air India issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the delay by Trinamool Congress leader Dola Sen, who allegedly held up an Air India flight from Delhi to Kolkata for nearly 40 minutes after an argument over seating arrangement, Congress leader Charan Singh Sapra on Saturday asserted that MP’s should keep their ego low and think about their national career.”The issue which has reoccurred with Air India again, I feel the government should look in both ways before deciding the matter. There might be something wrong with the Air India staff also but the MPs should also keep their ego low and think about their national career by not losing the prestige,” Sapra said.Resonating similar views, senior Congress leader Meem Afzal stated that ministers should maintain their dignity and calm rather than behaving unruly. “Creating ruckus in the flight has become a culture among MPs now, these kinds of incidents are growing day by day. These Ministers should maintain their dignity and calm. Also if complaints are coming from Air India airlines then the government should look into the matter and decide things soon. I have also faced similar cases in the past but never did I lose my temper or make headlines,” Afzal said.On Friday, in yet another reminder of the VVIP culture, Dola Sen delayed the Air India flight from Delhi to Kolkata by 30 minutes after refusing to abide by the security protocols. As per sources, Air India requested Sen to shift her mother to another seat, who was then occupying the emergency exit seat, but the MP refused and created a ruckus.Sen’s mother, a senior citizen, was on wheel chair and as per the rules, she couldn’t sit near the exit door. The crew thus requested the MP to change the seat.Recently, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad also delayed Air India flight for 45 minutes, creating a controversy for hitting the staffer of national carrier with his slipper over the issue of seating arrangement.Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage.

Gaikwad keeps up tirade against Air India, now says ‘official is mad’, denies trying to book tickets earlier

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Refusing to apologise to the Air India official whom he allegedly thrashed, Shiv Sena MP Ravendra Gaikwad on Saturday said he would only tender an apology from Parliament for disrespecting its dignity.Asserting that it was a small conflict, Gaikwad said the staff of the airline is mad and around eight such cases of indulging in a brawl have been registered against him.”The Air India staff had started the conflict. It was his fault why would I apologise. I will apologise to the Parliament if my action damaged its dignity. It was just a small conflict. The staff is mad and around eight such cases of indulging into brawl have been registered against him,” Gaikwad told ANI.He further said that the flying ban imposed on him was not right as no airline can bar any flier.Gaikwad further said that his complaints were not addressed, adding that if this was Air India’s behaviour towards a people’s representative then what it would be towards a common man.
ALSO READ Ban revoked, Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad still takes train back to MumbaiNational Carrier Air India on Friday lifted ban on Gaikwad after a request from Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju.The development comes a day after the Shiv Sena MP tendered an apology to the Civil Aviation Minister, expressing regret over the incident.Air India earlier on Thursday announced that it had cancelled Gaikwad’s Delhi-Mumbai round tickets for April 17 and 24.However, Gaikwad said that he booked a ticket neither for April 17 nor for April 24 for any airline as being aired by the media.”It is learnt through media that I have booked the tickets for Air India to travel from Delhi to Mumbai for 17 and 24 April and my defaming is continued. On this connection, I would like to make it clear that I have neither booked a ticket for 17 nor 24th April, 2017 for any airline as being aired by media as the session will be sin-e-die on 13th April 2017,” Gaikwad said in a statement.Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage.

Air India lifts ban, Ravindra Gaikwad will fly again

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Air India (AI) on Friday revoked the two-week-old flying ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad after the government ordered it to do so. The government gave in to Shiv Sena’s pressure, and soon after the ban was lifted, the tension between the BJP and the Shiv Sena appeared to have diffused.The Shiv Sena, a crucial ally of the ruling BJP at the Centre and in Maharashtra, had threatened to skip a dinner hosted by BJP chief Amit Shah on April 10. Sena sources told DNA that BJP president Amit Shah called up Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and Thackeray was “likely” to attend the NDA’s April 10 meeting.”Uddhavji may attend the meeting,” a senior Sena leader told DNA on condition of anonymity. Though Air India complied with the order, its employees were of the opinion that Gaikwad should not be allowed to fly unless he renders an unconditional apology.In fact, the Air India Cabin Crew Association (AICCA) issued a statement calling Gaikwad a flight risk and stated that it would be a “crying shame” if Gaikwad is allowed to resume flying without a “rap on knuckles”.Now all private airlines which had also banned Gaikwad are likely to allow Gaikwad to fly. IndiGo, Jet, SpiceJet and GoAir are the carriers. On March 23, Gaikwad had assaulted a 60-year-old AI staffer and even tried to throw him off the plane.The government’s directive came despite the AI management conveying to the civil aviation ministry that all departments of the airlines had taken the issue personally and that Gaikwad must apologise to the airline and its employees.The 56-year-old Osmanabad MP had on Thursday written a letter to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju expressing “regrets” over the “unfortunate incident” but he refused to apologise to the airline or its staff.On Thursday, Shiv Sena had threatened to stop all flights out of Mumbai and to skip the April 10 dinner unless their lawmaker is allowed to fly.An official of the national carrier said on Friday: “On the direction of (aviation) ministry, we have lifted (the) flying ban on Gaikwad.” In its letter to Air India, the ministry said: “In view of the apology rendered by Shri Gaikwad and the undertaking of good conduct by him, Air India and other airlines are advised to lift the ban imposed on him for air travel.”The aviation ministry’s move came after several rounds of meetings AI Chief Managing Director Ashwani Lohani had with both aviation ministers — AG Raju and Jayant Sinha — in which the CMD made the airline’s stand clear. In fact, earlier in the day, AI cancelled two tickets issued to Gaikwad – on the Delhi- Mumbai sector on April 17 and the Mumbai-Delhi route on April 24.After lifting the ban, an AI spokesperson said: “Air India will ensure its employees are not assaulted, misbehaved with; will take action to preserve dignity of employees.”

Ban revoked, Sena MP Gaikwad still takes train back to Mumbai

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hours after Air India lifted its flight ban on him, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad took a train back to Mumbai this evening, sources close to the lawmaker said. Gaikwad, who was at loggerheads with the airline after he thrashed one of its officials, boarded the New Delhi-Mumbai Central Rajdhani Express as he did not receive official communication about lifting of the ban, they added. According to a railway official, the parliamentarian boarded A1 coach (seat number 41, second AC) of the express. “Gaikwad had booked the ticket in advance. Since he did not receive official communication regarding lifting of the travel ban, he took the train as decided earlier,” a source in the know of the things told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre in process of preparing no-fly list for unruly fliers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre is in the process of establishing a “national no-fly list” for unruly passengers in the aftermath of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulting an Air India staffer onboard a plane. The Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) are being amended by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to facilitate such a list, the ministry of civil aviation said in a letter to Air India CMD, making an appeal to him to lift the ban on Gaikwad. “In order to deal with unruly passengers in a more effective manner in future, an amendment to CAR is being drafted by the DGCA in consultation with this Ministry for establishing a national no-fly list,” the letter said. The no-fly list was first mooted by Air India on the day Ravindra Gaikwad hit 62-year-old R Sukumar with his slipper “25” times. Air India had said that they were “examining” such a list. The following day, the Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir as its members, while announcing a flying ban on Gaikwad also proposed “the promulgation of a no-fly list which shall include the names of all unruly passengers.” IndiGo President and Whole Time Director Aditya Ghosh had also told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Air India stands firm on ban on MP who beat employee

Ravindra Gaikwad expressed “regret” for beating a staff member, but Air India wants an apology.

Air India staff assault: Don’t let Gaikwad onboard unless he tenders ‘unconditional apology’, says Cabin Crew Association

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who allegedly assaulted an Air India employee, wrote a letter to Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju expressing ‘regret’ over the ‘unfortunate incident’, the All India Cabin Crew Association (AICCA) said that the MP must not be allowed to fly till he offers an ‘unconditional apology’Coming out in support of Air India, AICCA has written a letter to the airline stressing on an unconditional apology by Gaikwad, reported ANI.”Must not let Ravindra Gaikwad onboard unless he tenders unconditional apology to Air India employees and undertakes in writing to abide by all norms,” AICCA said.”Gaikwad is and will continue to be risk to flight safety and the government must think hard about letting him back on flight,” the letter saidGaikwad, who attended the Parliament proceedings on Thursday for the first time since the incident played a victim, insisting he had only retaliated against provocation.However, in a letter to Gajapthi Raju, the MP said, “It could have been no one’s intention to have let the situation aggravate to the level that it eventually did. While the on-going investigation will bring out the factual sequence of events to fix responsibility, this incident may kindly not be seen as a reason for likely recurrence of such an event in future also.”The Shiv Sena threatened to boycott the upcoming NDA meeting if the ruling dispensation failed to resolve the matter by April 10.”We will not attend the NDA meeting on April 10 if the travel ban on Gaikwad is not revoked,” Raut said, noting that this is an “instruction from party chief Uddhav Thackeray”.The party also sought to justify its protest in the Lok Sabha.”Do you think the way our MP was heckled (by Air India staff) was justified?” Raut asked, while another party MP Anandrao Adsul said, “we just gheraoed the minister”.Raut also said Raju’s reply in the House on the issue was “unsatisfactory”.

Shiv Sena trying to cover up Gaikwad issue by blackmailing ministers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lashing out at the Shiv Sena for threatening to boycott the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) meeting if the ban on its party lawmaker Ravindra Gaikwad is not lifted, the Janta Dal (United) on Friday said the former is trying to cover up the issue by blackmailing ministers. ?Shiv Sena is currently trying to cover up the issue by blackmailing ministers for which they are good at. Our Prime Minister Narendra Modi should look into this matter and take it seriously. I want him to take some action against this issue,? Ajay Alok told ANI. He further stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should look into this matter and take action against the ministers. ?The step that Shiv Sena has taken is disappointing; being in power does not give them the right to do what you want. The youth is watching and this is a bad example or message to them. If Shiv Sena thinks whatever they do, the party and country will stand by them then it?s totally wrong,? he added. Echoing similar views, JD(U) leader K. C. Tyagi also stated that NDA should not be silent about the whole issue rather should take an action soon. ?All that has happened in the past two weeks, I?m surprised to know how NDA can be so quite about the issue. As Shiv Sena has taken law in their hands, we need to stop and show them that they are people above them too, who can take control,? Tyagi told ANI. Earlier in the day, hours after Gaikwad wrote an apology letter to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju requesting to lift the travel ban imposed on him, the ministry said the letter of the Shiv Sena MP is being examined. Upping the ante against the government, the BJP’s alliance partner yesterday threatened to boycott the meeting convened by the NDA if the ban on Gaikwad is not lifted by April 10. “If this issue is not resolved by April 10, we will not attend the NDA meeting,” Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said in a press conference. Lashing out at Air India Raut said that the national carrier is people’s servant, adding that it has no right to insult a person on social media. “What is Air India? Who is CMD? What is their status and where do they even stand? How can they even insult an MP so openly on social media? Who has given them this right? It is peoples’ servant, India’s servant. If you expect us to learn to behave properly, then first you learn the same,” Raut said. Gaikwad, who was banned from flying after he assaulted an Air India staff, said that he had been provoked and alleged that the airlines staff misbehaved with him. Speaking on the issue during Zero Hour, Gaikwad demanded that the flying ban on him be lifted. He got support from other opposition parties. The Shiv Sena MP also said that he can apologise to the Parliament but will not apologise to the airline staffer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Prof Gaikwad apologises to Civil Aviation minister, asks for his ban to be lifted

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, sources told ANI that Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad’s travel ban would be lifted if the MP apologised to Air India. Meanwhile, Gaikwa wrote a letter to the Aviation minister apologising for the incident. He wrote:”It could have have been no one’s intention to have let the situation aggravate to the level that it eventually did. While the on-going investigation will bring out the factual sequence of events to fix responsibility, this incident may kindly not be seen as a reason for likely recurrence of such an event in future also. As the restriction on flying is affecting the effective discharge of my duties and responsibilities, I would request you to lift this restriction and let the investigation eventually determine the circumstances which led to the incident.” Earlier, the Shiv Sena continued to be defensive. The Shiv Sena said on Thursday lashed out at Air India, saying that the national carrier is people’s servant, adding that it has no right to insult a person on social media. ‘What is Air India’ Who is CMD’ What is their status and where do they even stand’ How can they even insult an MP so openly on social media’ Who has given them this right? It is peoples’ servant, India’s servant. If you expect us to learn to behave properly, then first you learn the same,’ Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said while addressing a press conference here. Upping the ante against the government, the BJP’s alliance partner Shiv Sena earlier today threatened to boycott the meeting convened by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) if the ban on its party lawmaker Ravindra Gaikwad is not lifted by April 10. ‘If this issue is not resolved by April 10, we will not attendthe NDA meeting,’ Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said. Raut also targeted the airlines for adopting double standards against Gaikwad, saying, ‘The airlines have been instrumental in evacuating Dawood Ibrahim from India, they were also instrumental in safely evacuating Vijay Mallya, what wrong has our MP committed. Noted criminals can board your flight, Kashmiri separatists can board your flight. Even the Pakistan artistes and rapists can board your plane, but Ravindra Gaikwad cannot.’ Raut further said they will wait for the government to find a solution. ‘The government, especially Rajnath Singh, has assured us that they will soon find a solution to this issue. We have also talked to Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju. Now, we will leave it to the government. We believe in him, hope he fulfill his commitments,’ he said. Shiv Sena MP and Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete on her part said this matter is being sorted out, adding it is being looked upon by the Civil Aviation Minister. Earlier, the Shiv Sena MPs surrounded Raju over the flying ban on Gaikwad and threatened that unless it is lifted they “won’t allow the airlines to fly from Mumbai”. The incident happened after the Lok Sabha was adjourned by Smitra Mahajan till 12.45 p.m. over the Shiv Sena protest. Earlier, the Shiv Sena MPs were agitated over a statement of the Civil Aviation Minister, who reiterated that the ban was not aimed at a Member of Parliament, but for a passenger and safety was most important in flights. This led to a protest by the Shiv Sena members and the House was adjourned. Gaikwad, who was banned from flying after he assaulted an Air India staff, said that he had been provoked and alleged that the airlines staff misbehaved with him. Speaking on the issue during Zero Hour, Gaikwad demanded that the flying ban on him be lifted. He got support from other opposition parties. The Shiv Sena MP also said that he can apologise to the Parliament but will not apologise to the airline staffer.

MPs can’t fulfil duties if there is ban on flying: Mahajan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lawmakers cannot fulfil their duties if there is ban on flying, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said today after the Lower House witnessed chaos over the issue of fly ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. “I am not a judge and cannot pass judgement on this issue. But, the matter should be resolved amicably,” Mahajan told reporters outside Parliament. “MPs have to come to Parliament. Saturday and Sundays are off so many times. MPs have to go for meetings and it is not possible to travel by train to those places and come back. “So one has to take flights. If there is a ban on flying, then an MP cannot fulfil his/her duty. No matter should be prolonged for so long. Whatever enquiry has to be conducted, it should be done and a conclusion should be reached,” she said. The Lok Sabha witnessed utter chaos as Shiv Sena MPs, including Union Minister Anant Geete, surrounded Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju after he refused to heed to their demand for revoking the flying ban on Gaikwad. After the chaos, the Speaker held a meeting with TDP parliamentarians, including Raju, and Shiv Sena MPs, including Geete. According to TDP sources, during the meeting, Mahajan expressed her displeasure over the behavior of Shiv Sena MPs inside the House, saying it is “not acceptable”. The matter of fly ban should be looked into and both sides have decided to sit together and amicably resolve the matter at the earliest. Gaikwad spoke in details about the incident in the House and also asked the fly ban be revoked, the Speaker said. The civil aviation minister said rules are same for everybody, including MPs. But, everyone was angered as they were expecting a solution from the minister, Mahajan said. “That is why there was a chaos. I adjourned the House as I could not understand anybody’s point. “Later, all of us sat together. It was decided that the issue cannot be resolved in Parliament. It will be resolved only after both the sides discuss the matter,” she said. After the meeting with the Speaker, TDP as well as Shiv Sena leaders met separately to discuss the matter. Earlier, Gaikwad tendered an apology to Parliament but insisted that he owed no apology to the airline officials as he sought removal of the ban imposed on him by domestic airlines after he allegedly beat up an Air India officer with slippers.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ravindra Gaikwad-AI staff row can’t be solved in Parliament: Sumitra Mahajan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday said the matter cannot be solved in the Parliament, adding that both Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad and the Air India must sit together and come out with a solution.”Getting angry is normal so I had to adjourn the House. This matter cannot be solved in the session. Both the sides have to sit and talk and come up with a solution,” Mahajan told the media here. She added that Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said the ban happened according to law which is same for all.”So, everybody was a bit angry with this because everybody thought he would say something that the matter will be considered,” she said. The Shiv Sena MPs earlier in the day surrounded Raju over the flying ban on Gaikwad and threatened that unless it is lifted they ‘won’t allow the airlines to fly from Mumbai’.The incident happened after the Lok Sabha was adjourned by Mahajan till 12.45 p.m. over the Shiv Sena protest.Earlier, Shiv Sena MPs were agitated over a statement of the Civil Aviation Minister, who reiterated that the ban was not aimed at a Member of Parliament, but for a passenger and safety was most important in flights. This led to a protest by Shiv Sena members, and the House was adjourned.Gaikwad, who was banned from flying after he assaulted an Air India staff, said that he had been provoked and alleged that the airlines staff misbehaved with him.Speaking on the issue during Zero Hour Gaikwad demanded that the flying ban on him be lifted. He got support from other opposition parties. The Shiv Sena MP also said that he can apologise to Parliament but will not apologise to the airline staffer.

Won’t attend NDA meet if ban on Gaikwad not revoked: Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena has threatened that it will not attend the April 10 NDA meeting if the flying ban on its MP Ravindra Gaikwad, imposed by domestic airlines after he beat up an Air India officer, is not revoked. Party sources, however, said the travel ban is likely to be revoked today. Addressing a news conference, party MP Sanjay Raut said there has been a conspiracy behind the ban and the party will expose it at an appropriate time. “We will not attend the NDA meeting on April 10 if the travel ban on Gaikwad is not revoked,” Raut said, noting that this is an “instruction from party chief Uddhav Thackeray”. Earlier in the day, the Lok Sabha witnessed chaos as Shiv Sena members, including Union minister Anant Geete, surrounded Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju after he refused to heed to their demand for revoking the flying ban.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gaikwad demands justice, says won’t apologise to Air India staffer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on Thursday cried foul on the floor of the Lok Sabha and demanded justice by asking for a legitimate investigation in the matter, while asserting that he will not apologise to the Air India staffer who manhandled him and spoke in an offensive manner about the Prime Minister of the nation. Castigating the media trial, Gaikwad rued that he was dubbed guilty without knowing his side of the story. “I apologise for my behaviour, but I am not apologetic to the airline official who abused and manhandled me, and spoke in a derogatory manner about the Parliamentarians and the Prime Minister,? Gaikwad said in Lok Sabha. “This behavior was unacceptable. It was only after he insulted the PM and the Parliament that I got upset and hit him. Only that clip was shown to the public. I demand justice. What crime have I committed. Without any proper investigation I have to face media trial,? he added. Comparing his ordeal with what Mahatma Gandhi might have had to face when he was thrown out of a train in South Africa in the pre-Independence era, Gaikwad said the Airlines imposing travel ban on him was like Mahatma Gandhi facing the brunt of apartheid. Gaikwad also said he had simply asked for a complaint book to register his complaint but the Air India staffer unnecessarily got in to an argument with him. ?While coming out of the plane I asked for the complaint book, which I was told the flight staff did not have at that point of time, however, they registered my complaint. The accusation that I fought for the seat is wrong I did not,? he said. ?In the end, a officer cam and asked me who are you to which I asked him who was he and to that he replied, ‘Main Air India ka baap hoon.’ I further told him that I am an MP, to which he replied, ‘MP hua to kya hua? Tu Narendra Modi hai kya?'” Gaikwad had come into limelight due to the recent incident where he assaulted an Air India staffer by beating him with his slipper. Gaikwad had also submitted a complaint against Air India before the Delhi Police alleging that he was pushed and yelled on. In his complaint, Gaikwad, who allegedly manhandled Air India staffer, said he was made to travel by Air India on economy class even as he had business class ticket. Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Media has been unfair with Gaikwad, alleges Shiv Sena

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Shiv Sena on Thursday accused the media for being biased in the treatment of the Ravindra Gaikwad episode. Shiv Sena leader Anandrao Adsul said that the Shiv Sena would not kep quiet and hence, it had moved an adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha. ?The media spoilt the whole thing. It only reported one side of the story and Gaikwad?s version was totally ignored. We have given an adjournment motion to be considered. We cannot sit quietly,? said Adsul. Gaikwad earlier in the day arrived in the Parliament. Sena MPs have been urging Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to allow Gaikwad to make a statement in the Lok Sabha and give his side of the story, which may include a denouncement of the attitude of Air India and private airlines, as well as the role of the Ministry of Civil Aviation, while demanding immediate revocation of his ban on boarding flights. Gaikwad had come into limelight due to the recent incident where he assaulted an Air India staffer by beating him with his slipper. Gaikwad had also submitted a complaint against Air India before the Delhi Police alleging that he was pushed and yelled on. In his complaint, Gaikwad, who allegedly manhandled Air India staffer, said he was made to travel by Air India on economy class even as he had business class ticket. Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘What assault?’ Shiv Sena continues to defend MP Ravindra Gaikwad as he arrives in Parliament

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who has been banned from flying by several airlines after he allegedly hit an Air India staffer, arrived in Parliament on Thursday for the first time after two weeks.All major domestic airlines have imposed a flying ban on Gaikwad for allegedly assaulting an Air India duty manager.However, before he makes a statement in Parliament, Shiv Sena has defended Gaikwad’s actions.”Who said he assaulted an Air India staffer? (Shiv Sainik kabhi bhaagta nahi. Kisnay kaha assault kiya hai?)” questioned Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.”If it is not resolved, then we will be forced to carry out a protest. Being part of the government, we do not want to create a scene, but we will be forced to do so. This (air travel) is his constitutional right,” said Anandrao Adsul.Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha Secretariat has sought details from the Civil Aviation Ministry on the incident involving Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad and the subsequent ban against him by Air India for assaulting its staffer.Last month, 57-year old Gaikwad, a Lok Sabha member from Osmanabad in Maharashtra, had abused and reportedly assaulted a 60-year-old duty manager of Air India with slippers just because he could not travel business class on an all-economy flight.Air India has refused to fly the MP, following which other private airlines too refused to fly him. An FIR was also registered against him.

Grounded Gaikwads? Aide says Shiv Sena’s MP namesake’s suffering due to airline ban

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Flyers bearing Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad’s name have been suffering due to the curbs imposed by domestic airlines on the parliamentarian, his close aide said. He also said that the Shiv Sena MP won’t book a flight ticket till the matter was resolved by the Parliament and his party. “Gaikwad won’t ever book a flight ticket till the issue is resolved by the Parliament, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Shiv Sena party,” the Sena MP’s aide told PTI over phone from Gaikwad’s hometown Omerga in Osmanabad district.”After the infamous Pune-Delhi flight, Ravi Sir (Gaikwad) booked flight tickets only three times and all were cancelled owing to the unjust curbs imposed by the airlines. “The fourth and last ticket he booked was for an 8 AM flight from Mumbai to Delhi and that was also cancelled. He did not book any ticket after that. All this talk of his being on a flight ticket booking spree is a ploy to malign him and we condemn such tactics,” the aide said.The tickets were booked by the Sena MP’s namesake who is bearing the brunt of the mistaken identity, he said. “The airline companies do not have any mechanism to distinguish between the namesakes and as a result, innocent flyers are being inconvenienced,” he said. A grave injustice has been heaped on Gaikwad, who now has the “dubious distinction of being the first person to be ever grounded by scheduled Indian air carriers,” the aide added.The clarification comes after recent reports that Gaikwad made at least four vain attempts to fly to Delhi using several permutations and combinations of the titles and initials of his names.It was also reported that Air India detected this by either cancelling the bookings or not allowing them to be made. Gaikwad has been barred from flying by domestic airlines for assaulting an Air India staffer recently.

SpiceJet cancels slipper-wielding Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad’s ticket from Pune to Ahmedabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SpiceJet cancelled the ticket of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who has been barred by domestic airlines from flying after he assaulted an Air India staffer last month. After Air India and IndiGo, SpiceJet is the third carrier to cancel the ticket of the Lok Sabha member. Sources said Gaikwad’s booking on Pune to Ahmedabad flight (SG 524) for April 3 has been cancelled by SpiceJet. Following the incident, Air India along with four private airlines banned him from flying on their aircraft. The domestic airlines’ body Federation of India Airlines (FIA) has taken a “strong view” of the incident and accordingly taken a decision to bar the MP from flying on their network, FIA sources said.Jet Airways and three budget carriers — IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir — are the members of the FIA. Apart from Air India, IndiGo had cancelled Gaikwad’s booking after the assault incident. Earlier this week, Air India cancelled two tickets booked by the MP on Delhi-bound flights. On March 23, Gaikwad had repeatedly hit an Air India staffer with a sandal over not being given a business class seat despite having insisted on boarding an all-economy flight. The Shiv Sena on Saturday continued to express their strong support towards their MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who is now on a ‘no-fly’ list for assaulting an Air India staffer, saying that people are viewing the entire incident one-sidedly and no looking at the other side of the story.‘I have no explanation as to why such negative remarks were against Ravindra Gaikwad, he has always been nice and polite to people. Taking action on him for such behaviour is not right, people are only looking at one side of the coin,’ Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant told ANI. Sawant further stated that Gaikwad’s behaviour was provoked and that action should be taken on the airline, and not the MP.‘A person who is known for his balanced behaviour was provoked, is what I can say. Even he (Gaikwad) was harassed but no one is speaking on it,’ said Sawant.Earlier in the week, Gaikwad informed that he has apprised Minister of State (MoS) for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha, who responded by assuring that he would look into the matter.Gaikwad had come into limelight due to the recent incident where he assaulted an Air India staffer by beating him with his slipper.Gaikwad had also submitted a complaint against Air India before the Delhi Police alleging that he was pushed and yelled on.In his complaint, Gaikwad, who allegedly manhandled Air India staffer, said he was made to travel by Air India on economy class even as he had business class ticket.With inputs from PTI and ANI

Gaikwad made 3 failed bids to book seat on AI flight using

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Barred from flying by domestic airlines after he assaulted an Air India staffer, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad made three failed attempts to book a seat on the national carrier, using a new alias each time. Earlier this week, a staff member of the Sena MP dialled Air India’s call centre to book a seat in the flight AI 806 from Mumbai to Delhi for the following day, i.e. Wednesday, and dictated the passenger’s name as Professor V Ravindra Gaikwad. But the booking was promptly cancelled, an airline source said. Thereafter, a seat was booked on the flight AI 551 from Hyderabad to Delhi in the name of Professor Ravindra Gaikwad. This ticket was cancelled too. A third attempt was made the next day to book tickets to travel from Nagpur to Delhi via Mumbai when the MP’s staff contacted a travel agent to book a flight for him. However, the travel agent immediately contacted the local station manager and the information was forwarded to Air India’s headquarters here, the source said, adding they have cautioned their teams to prevent any such attempts. The airline had earlier issued a “non-acceptance order” to all its station managers and booking offices instructing them to ensure that “restriction on acceptance and travel of potentially unruly and unsafe passengers is being followed on Air India flights for Mr Ravindra Gaikwad”. In an unprecedented step in Indian aviation history, the Sena MP was earlier barred from flying by all major domestic airlines for assaulting an elderly Air India employee last Thursday. The MP was angry at not being given a business class seat though he had boarded an economy flight.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sena offers ‘proof’ that AI staff abused Ravindra Gaikwad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just days after Shiv Sena MPs met Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan requesting that the blanket ban by airline companies against Osmanabad MP Ravindra Gaikwad (in pic) be revoked, they met Mahajan again on Thursday and claimed that Gaikwad, too, was abused and hit by Air India staffers. They appealed to the Speaker that the airline staffers should also face action for abusing a Member of Parliament. Agitated Sena MPs told the Speaker that Gaikwad, who has been grounded for allegedly assaulting a senior employee of Air India, was the victim of a media trial. Senior Sena MPs Anandrao Adsul, Chandrakant Khaire, Gajanan Kirtikar, Vinayak Raut and Arvind Sawant were present in the meeting, along with Shrirang Barne, Shivaji Patil, Prataprao Jadhav, Bhawana Gawli, Hemant Godse and Rajya Sabha member Anil Desai. Gaikwad stayed away from the meeting and even the Parliament after he reached Delhi from Osmanabad by road. “Only one side of the story is coming out. We showed a video to Madam Speaker where some of the staffers are clearly heard abusing our colleague. We requested once again that the ban imposed on him be revoked so that he can perform his duties properly,” said Arvind Sawant, Member of Parliament, Mumbai South.

Activist seeks one-year AI flight ban on Sena MP Gaikwad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A city-based RTI activist has urged the Centre that police should be allowed to act “without interference” against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who allegedly assaulted a senior Air India official last week. The activist, Shailesh Gandhi, in his petition addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also demanded that the Sena MP should be banned from taking the Air India flights for a period of one year. “India is disgusted by the actions of Member of Parliament Ravindra Gaikwad. He has arrogantly boasted on national television with great pride that he had hit an Air India staff member 25 times with his chappal and feels completely justified. This has also been recorded on video. This is one of the worst cases of VIP racism and hubris,” he said in the petition put up on the Change.org. Gandhi, who had served as the Central Information Commissioner from 2008 to 2012, said, “Citizens are very happy that Air India has decided not to take him as a passenger and other airlines have also followed suit. We applaud the government for supporting Air India’s principled stand. This should apply to any unruly passenger on flights to ensure safety.” He urged the Modi government to ensure that there was no interference in the matter. “Allow the police to proceed as per the law without any interference in this matter and ensure that Air India does not offer him a seat on its flights at least for a period of one year,” he said. “People of the country have noticed that some political parties are defending Gaikwad’s unforgivable actions, but we have faith that your government will not succumb to such pressures,” Gandhi said. 57-year-old Gaikwad, the Lok Sabha MP from Maharashtra’s Osmanabad, had slapped and repeatedly hit 60-year-old duty manager with his sandal on March 23 when the official went to persuade him to disembark after he refused to alight, after the Pune-Delhi flight landed in the national capital. He was furious at having to fly on an all-economy flight despite having a business class ticket.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Police recreate scene in Air India staffer assault case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police team probing the alleged assault of an Air India employee by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad has recreated the entire “crime” scene to ascertain the sequence of events. The Crime Branch team had yesterday visited the airport and recreated the “crime” scene to ascertain how the argument broke out between the MP and AI duty manager Sukumar. There is a possibility the MP might be questioned soon, a police official said. A few days back, the team had questioned 15 AI staffers and collected CCTV footage to study the sequence of events. The MP is accused of beating up an elderly AI staffer with his ‘chappal’ last Thursday. The incident led to an outrage and a case was registered against Gaikwad last week.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Air India won’t let Ravindra Gaikwad fly anytime soon

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Making it clear that Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad won’t be allowed to fly anytime soon, Air India on Tuesday foiled two of his attempts to fly via the national carrier on Wednesday. Not just Air India, whose staff Gaikwad had assaulted on Thursday, but all other airlines also maintained their stand to boycott Gaikwad for his unruly behaviour. Gaikwad may again be left with no option but to take a train just as he did on Friday after being banned by all airlines.The airlines stuck to their stand despite the massive pressure being mounted by the political class, extending beyond Gaikwad’s Shiv Sena, to have the ban revoked. Most airlines said they were on “alert mode” to ensure Gaikwad does not manage to board their flights.The state carrier, which had grounded the MP for abusing and assaulting a 60-year-old Air India manager last week, first cancelled Gaikwad’s Mumbai-Delhi ticket and then cancelled a ticket that he had booked from Hyderabad to Delhi later in the evening. Hyderabad is just 300 kilometres from the MP’s constituency, Osmanabad in Maharashtra.

After being snubbed twice by Air India, Ravindra Gaikwad takes train to Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Air India cancelled two tickets booked by Ravindra Gaikwad on Delhi-bound flights, Shiv Sena MP on Tuesday evening boarded the Rajdhani Express for the national capital. He was booked this afternoon on a IInd AC sleeper compartment. The train left Mumbai Central at 5 pm and will reach Delhi around 8.30 am on Wednesday. As per an official, it was not clear whether the MP was travelling alone or with some aides and security personnel, IANS reported.Hardening its stand further against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, Air India cancelled two tickets booked by him on Delhi-bound flights, days after domestic carriers barred him from flying on their aircraft for assaulting an AI staffer.Gaikwad booked a seat on flight AI 806 from Mumbai to Delhi for tomorrow earlier today through his staff which was promptly cancelled by the airline. This was followed by another attempt to book a seat on AI 551 from Hyderabad to Delhi, again for tomorrow, which was cancelled, too.Both these bookings were made on open tickets which were issued to Gaikwad, who has been declared persona non grata by domestic airlines, before the ban was imposed on him, a AI source said.The airline is now ascertaining how many open tickets and frequent flyer tickets have been issued to the MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra so that those could be cancelled, the source said.Earlier, private TV news channel Times Now said the MP had booked a berth on Mumbai-New Delhi Rajdhani for today. The channel also showed the reservation chart pasted on coach A 3 of the train parked at Mumbai Central Railway Station which had his name. However, Gaikwad did not turn up, triggering speculation he could board the train at some other station on way to the national capital.The Shiv Sena MP has been barred by all major domestic airlines for assaulting an elderly duty manager of the national carrier last Thursday in an unprecedented step in Indian aviation history. Unrepentent, Gaikwad brazened it out and was seen on national TV for two days boasting about the way he assaulted the Air India employee.A day after the incident, the national carrier had cancelled the return ticket of the MP and private airliner IndiGo followed suit, forcing him to take a train to Maharashtra.The issue also figured in Parliament yesterday, with Shiv Sena MPs creating an uproar, contending it violated the Constitution and the law and demanding lifting the ban.However, Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju criticised the conduct of Gaikwad, saying “I never in my wildest dreams thought that an MP will get caught in such an incident”. He said violence of any kind on an aircraft can be “disastrous”.An FIR has been registered against him on the basis of the complaint lodged by Air India for repeatedly hitting 62-year-old Duty Manager R Sukumar with sandals on a Pune-Delhi flight after it landed. The MP was angry at not being given a business class seat though he had boarded an all-economy flight.Air India in a statement asserted that “the ban is still in place”.Sources said the airline has also issued a non-acceptance order to station managers and booking offices informing them of “restriction on acceptance and travel of potentially unruly and unsafe passengers is being followed on Air India flights for Ravindra Gaikwad till further notice”.The order, dated March 26, was issued in view of “various risk to safety, security of airline employees, fellow passengers and threat to company property”, sources added.

Air India cancels two tickets of Ravindra Gaikwad, govt mulls no-fliers list and other options

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government is looking at the possibility of having a “no-fliers list” and other options to deal with unruly passengers, amid airlines barring a Shiv Sena MP from flights for assaulting an Air India staffer.Air India today cancelled two tickets booked by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on Delhi-bound flights. While a final decision is not yet taken on ways to further strengthen the norms to tackle unruly passengers, a senior government official today said various possibilities are being looked at. The possibility of having a “no-fliers list” is also being looked into, the official at the Civil Aviation Ministry said.”Nothing has been finalised and nothing has been ruled out,” the official noted.About the issue of the MP being continued to be barred from flying, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju did not elaborate much but said, “It can’t be safety versus services. Safety and services have to go together”.Civil Aviation Secretary RN Choubey said he can’t immediately comment on no-fliers list. “All I am saying is that by whatever name, we are certainly going to bring about clarity. That will be necessary,” he said.He was responding to a query on whether the government would be coming out with norms for no-fliers list or provide more clarity on existing rules. “We are working on clarity. What shape it will take and in what exact manner, we will see…,” he said.When asked for how long can airlines bar Gaikwad from flying, the ministry official quoted earlier said the decision has to be taken by the respective airlines. There is a talk that airlines might look at an “unconditional apology” from the MP but there has been no official communication from any airline so far, the official said. The ministry is working towards making some changes in the Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) on ‘Handling of unruly/ disruptive passengers’, which was issued back in November 2014.Even though there is no particular mention of regulatory provisions to bar an unruly passenger from boarding an aircraft, the 2014 CAR mentions that “every reasonable effort to protect passengers and personnel against any offence by unruly and disruptive passengers shall be made”. Meanwhile, when asked about Air India today again cancelling the tickets booked by Gaikwad, Raju as well as Air India CMD Ashwani Lohani declined to comment. Following Gaikwad assaulting a 62-year-old Air India staffer at the Delhi airport last week, the national carrier as well as six other domestic airlines barred him from taking any of their flights.

Gaikwad episode: Sena to wait before moving privilege motion

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena today said it would adopt a wait and watch policy before moving a privilege motion against airlines for banning its MP Ravindra Gaikwad from flying. Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant said the party has not taken any decision yet on whether to move a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha. “Speaker (Sumitra Mahajan) had sought an amicable resolution of the issue. When she has said that it would be improper to move privilege motion in the Lok Sabha at this time, we will wait for sometime,” Sawant said. A delegation of Shiv Sena MPs had met Mahajan yesterday, raising concern over airlines banning its lawmaker. Earlier in the day, Air India cancelled two tickets booked by Gaikwad on Delhi-bound flights–from Mumbai and Hyderabad– for tomorrow, days after domestic carriers barred him from flying their aircraft for assaulting an AI staffer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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More embarrassment for Ravindra Gaikwad as Air India cancels his Mumbai-Delhi ticket

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Embarrassment continued for Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad with Air India cancelling the Shiv Sena leader’s Mumbai-Delhi ticket on Tuesday. The Sena leader was scheduled to take a flight from Mumbai to Delhi on Wednesday. Gaikwad, who had on Thursday abused and assaulted a 60-year-old duty manager of the national carrier with slippers over not being able to fly business class despite having boarded an all-economy Pune-New Delhi flight, has been put on their no-fly list.Besides Air India, the airlines which won’t allow Gaikwad to fly as FIA members are IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and Go Air. AirAsia and Vistara, which are not with FIA, have also joined them.Backing parliamentarian Ravindra Gaikwad following his altercation with an Air India flight employee, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday criticised all other major airlines for putting him in the ‘no fly list’ and wondered why it never showed any concerns when Hurriyat leaders and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim travel by flights. ‘The incident only happened with Air India. But every other airlines banned him. This is not good. If they are so concerned then why the Hurriyat leaders travel in their plane? Even Dawood went to Pakistan by plane,’ Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant told ANI.Sawant further said that the party never supported Gaikwad’s actions but always demanded a proper investigation into the matter. ‘It is unfortunate that only one side of the story is being focused. Our Constitution empowers citizens to travel freely. If one has a problem, legal course should have been adopted. We never shied away from legal proceedings,’ he added.Gaikwad issued a fresh statement stating that the Air India is trying to misguide everyone as to what transpired which triggered the altercation onboard the aircraft.The Osmanabad MP said that he never demanded a Business Class seat, but instead requested a complaint book to address his grievance about ‘substandard service’. Gaikwad said that while travelling in the flight, he noticed “carelessness and substandard” service of Air India and requested for a complaint book, but despite his frequent requests he was not provided the complaint book, instead the staffer misbehaved with him.”I was demanding proper facilities not the business class seat. But just to hide their carless attitude and cheating towards lakhs of Air India passengers, they tried to create a picture that I was continuously demanding for business class seat. This is completely baseless,” he said.Gaikwad earlier on Friday submitted a complaint against Air India before the Delhi Police alleging that he was pushed and yelled on.In his complaint, Gaikwad, who allegedly manhandled Air India staffer Sukumar, said he was made to travel by the airline on economy class even as he had business class ticket.Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered the incident.Anandrao Adsul of the Shiv Sena raised the issue of the ban imposed on R Gaikwad by airlines in Lok Sabha, saying “I hope you (Speaker) will raise it with government”.After being blacklisted by the top airlines, Gaikwad had to board a train to Mumbai earlier earlier on Friday evening.Taking note of the issue Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan yesterday called for resolving the issue of ‘flying ban’ imposed by several airlines through amicable talks.”MPs need to attend Parliament and they cannot travel by train always. At times, they need to travel by plane also. I feel that this issue (blanket ban) should be resolved amicably through talks,” said Mahajan after a meeting attended by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Sena MPs

Shiv Sena chides air lines, says it never shows concern when Hurrriyat, Dawood fly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Backing parliamentarian Ravindra Gaikwad following his altercation with an Air India flight employee, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday criticised all other major airlines for putting him in the ?no fly list? and wondered why it never showed any concerns when Hurriyat leaders and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim travel by flights. ?The incident only happened with Air India. But every other air lines banned him. This is not good. If they are so concerned then why the Hurriyat leaders travel in their plane? Even Dawood went to Pakistan by plane,? Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant told ANI. Sawant further said that the party never supported Gaikwad?s actions but always demanded a proper investigation into the matter. ?It is unfortunate that only one side of the story is being focused. Our Constitution empowers citizens to travel freely. If one has a problem, legal course should have been adopted. We never shied away from legal proceedings,? he added. Gaikwad yesterday issued a fresh statement stating that the Air India is trying to misguide everyone as to what transpired which triggered the altercation onboard the aircraft. The Osmanabad MP said that he never demanded a Business Class seat, but instead requested a complaint book to address his grievance about ‘substandard service’. Gaikwad said that while travelling in the flight, he noticed “carelessness and substandard” service of Air India and requested for a complaint book, but despite his frequent requests he was not provided the complaint book, instead the staffer misbehaved with him. “I was demanding proper facilities not the business class seat. But just to hide their carless attitude and cheating towards lakhs of Air India passengers, they tried to create a picture that I was continuously demanding for business class seat. This is completely baseless,” he said. Gaikwad earlier on Friday submitted a complaint against Air India before the Delhi Police alleging that he was pushed and yelled on. In his complaint, Gaikwad, who allegedly manhandled Air India staffer Sukumar, said he was made to travel by the airline on economy class even as he had business class ticket. Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered the incident. Anandrao Adsul of the Shiv Sena raised the issue of the ban imposed on R Gaikwad by airlines in Lok Sabha, saying “I hope you (Speaker) will raise it with government”. After being blacklisted by the top airlines, Gaikwad had to board a train to Mumbai earlier earlier on Friday evening. Taking note of the issue Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan yesterday called for resolving the issue of ‘flying ban’ imposed by several airlines through amicable talks. “MPs need to attend Parliament and they cannot travel by train always. At times, they need to travel by plane also. I feel that this issue (blanket ban) should be resolved amicably through talks,” said Mahajan after a meeting attended by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Sena MPs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Government in a fix as Sena protests flying ban on Ravindra Gaikwad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ban by major airlines on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for unruly behaviour has put the government in a fix. Sources say that the government is finding it difficult to strike a balance between the rights of parliamentarians and those of the airlines to ensure safe journey.After high drama in Parliament on Monday, the impression came out that the ban against Gaikwad may be revoked but intervention from top levels in the government made the civil aviation ministry to rethink the proposal. The message, which had come was that the government should not appear as supporting the unruly behaviour of the MP.However, at the same time, the government is aware that the issue may snowball into a major fight within airline unions as Shiv Sena has its own union in the aviation sector, and has already given a veiled threat to government.Surprisingly, earlier in the day, politicians across party lines supported the ban on Gaikwad even as Shiv Sena MPs demanded its revocation. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also suggested a rethink on the ban, commenting that a Member of Parliament cannot take a train every time he/she has to attend Parliament. After her intervention, sources within the Civil Aviation Ministry suggested that without compromising on the safety, they were considering amending the Civil Aviation Requirement or CAR rules to “balance service and safety requirements” and restrict the powers of airlines to ban passengers.But by evening, it looked that the government was developing cold feet and didn’t want to intervene in haste, leaving it to the airlines to take a decision.Gaikwad was banned by all airlines on Friday for assaulting an Air India staffer and was left with no option but to take a train for his return journey from Delhi to Maharashtra. According to 2014 CAR rules, airlines are empowered to prevent entry of passengers, but their powers to do so may be restricted if the government decides, they added. It is under these rules that Air India and five other airlines had imposed a flying ban upon Gaikwad. The rules empower airlines to ban any passenger for unruly behaviour. A senior Civil Aviation Ministry official told DNA that the government will work towards making some changes in the CAR rules, which were issued back in November 2014. The revised norms would provide more clarity on preventive measures that can be initiated against any unruly passenger, the official said.However, highly placed sources said that late in the evening, the Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju was informed by Prime Minister’s Office that the minister should ensure that a wrong message should not go to public and he should not rush in the matter. Raju is believed to have been told to take a balanced decision to ensure that both rights of MPs and rights of airlines are taken care of. A close aide of Raju said that the PMO’s message has put the minister in a spot, and that he would now take a decision in the matter only after holding discussions with his cabinet colleagues. The murmurs about government mulling a change in rules started coming in soon after Shiv Sena MPs denounced the ban on Gaikwad and demanded its revocation. The uproar even prompted Lok Sabha Speaker SumitraMahajan to suggest an amicable resolution of the issue. Shiv Sena’s leader in the House Anandrao Adsul claimed the ban violated the Constitution and the law. Members of the Shiv Sena, a partner in the ruling National Democratic Alliance, even engaged in a verbal duel with Congress MPs who criticised Gaikwad for his action.In Parliament, Raju condemned Gaikwad’s act, and said violence of any kind on an aircraft could prove disastrous. He said, “I never in my wildest dreams thought that an MP will get caught in such an incident.”However, later in the day, it was believed that Raju softened his stand and pitched for an “amicable resolution” of the issue after Speaker Mahajan held an hour-long meeting with 10 Sena MPs and Raju.The news of government amending the rules to pacify Gaikwad created a disquiet among the airlines.Insiders in Air India said they would be disappointed if government amends rules but said they said they would be left with no option but to follow government’s directives.Meanwhile, the Crime branch of Delhi Police on Monday recorded the statement of Air India (AI) staffer, R Sukumar who was assualted by Shiv Sena Member of Parliament (MP) Ravindra Gaikwad. A team of CrimeBranch officials reached the Terminal 3 at the Indira Gandhi International Airport and recorded the statement of Sukumar along with 14 other officials. The police officials spent around six hours at the airport trying to establish the sequence of events. The police officials have also asked the airline company to provide the raw footage which was made inside the aircraft and any other CCTV footage from the cameras installed at the airport.The Air India staffer in his complaint told the police that he was assaulted by the MP when he asked him to de-board the aircraft. Sukumar spoke in English and was later asked by the MP to speak in Hindi. When he spoke in Hindi he was hit with a slipper by the MP. The aircraft had to take off to Goa but was delayed by 40 minutes. Due to the scuffle the buttons of the cardign Sukumar was wearing and his spectacles were damaged.A case in connection with the incident was registered u/s 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide), 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour person) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

Ravindra Gaikwad says this is the ‘real reason’ he assaulted Air India staffer

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that Air India was trying to misguide everyone as to what actually caused the altercation onboard the aircraft, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad stated that he had never demanded a Business Class seat, but had instead requested a complaint book to address his grievance about ‘substandard service’.Issuing a fresh statement, the MP said that while travelling in the flight, he noticed ‘carelessness and substandard’ service of Air India and requested for a complaint book, but despite his frequent requests he was not provided the complaint book, instead the staffer misbehaved with him.’I was demanding proper facilities not the business class seat. But just to hide their carless attitude and cheating towards lakhs of Air India passengers, they tried to create a picture that I was continuously demanding for business class seat. This is completely baseless,’ he said.Gaikwad on Friday submitted a complaint against Air India before the Delhi Police alleging that he was pushed and yelled on.In his complaint, Gaikwad, who allegedly manhandled Air India staffer, said he was made to travel by Air India on economy class even as he had business class ticket.The Shiv Sena is also likely to bring a privilege motion in the Parliament over the issue of Gaikwad being put in ‘no fly list’ of all airlines.Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage.Anandrao Adsul of the Shiv Sena raised the issue of the ban imposed on R Gaikwad by airlines in Lok Sabha, saying ‘I hope you (Speaker) will raise it with government’.The Osmanabad MP after being blacklisted by the top airlines boarded a train to Mumbai earlier on Friday evening.Asserting that all MPs need to attend Parliament diligently and cannot always travel by train, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan today called for resolving the issue of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaekwad’s ‘flying ban’ by several airlines through amicable talks.’MPs need to attend Parliament and they cannot travel by train always. At times, they need to travel by plane also. I feel that this issue (blanket ban) should be resolved amicably through talks,’ said Mahajan after a meeting attended by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Sena MPs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Gaikwad issue in LS: Sena asks why Kapil Sharma wasn’t banned, ‘tai’ Sumitra Mahajan says ‘calm down’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The issue of assault of an Air India staffer by a Shiv Sena MP resonated in the Lok Sabha, with his party demanding revocation of a ban on his flying but it got no positive response from the government which justified the action by the airlines. Members of the Shiv Sena, an ally of the ruling BJP, created uproar in the House and at one point of time, engaged in a verbal duel with Congress members who slammed Ravindra Gaikwad for his action.The Shiv Sena’s Leader in the House Anandrao Adsul, who raised the issue, said he was only seeking lifting of the ban on flying imposed on Gaikwad by all major airlines after he assaulted a 60-year-old duty manager of Air India on March 23. However, Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapati Raju, instead of giving any positive response, admonished Gaikwad for indulging in violence on the flight last week.”I never in my wildest dreams thought that an MP will get caught in such an incident,” he said, while emphasising that “Violence of any kind can be disastrous.” Referring to an earlier incident of violence by an MP against an airline staffer last year, Raju said following that episode, the DGCA had come out with safety guidelines.The same guidelines were invoked in the case of Gaikwad who has been barred from flying by all the major airlines.Adsul said the ban was against the Constitution and the law and that the government must intervene immediately. He also talked about privileges of the MPs, responding to which the minister said, “An MP is also a passenger…We have to keep safety issues in mind.” Adsul referred to a recent incident of alleged misbehaviour by comedian Kapil Sharma during a flight to Australia and wondered why no action was taken against him.To this, Raju said, “We cannot have an unequal approach” but did not elaborate. With the minister giving no positive response, the Shiv Sena members expressed their unhappiness by trooping into the Well of the House.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told them that it was not right.”Message achha nahi jaa rahi hai (The message going out is not good)… This is not the way,” she said and told the agitating members to discuss and resolve their issues with the Civil Aviation Minister. The Speaker said the Shiv Sena members were trying to support something that is “wrong”. “Being a public representative, the incident he (Gaikwad) was involved in, does not send the right message,” she said. “Mujhe zyaada bholne pe majhboor na kare (Don’t force me to speak more on the issue),” Mahajan said.Sumitra Mahajan asks for amicable solutionLok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pitched for an amicable resolution of the issue involving domestic airlines’ blanket ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad. Though she did not categorically call for the lifting of the fly-ban on Gaikwad, who had assaulted an Air India staffer last week, she said MPs need to attend Parliament and they cannot always travel by train. “MPs need to attend Parliament and they cannot travel by train always. At times, they need to travel by plane also. I feel that this issue (blanket ban) should be resolved amicably through talks,” she said. Mahajan, however, said that she was not the one to pass a judgement but was trying to help resolve the issue as the agitating MPs have sought help from her as she was the Speaker. “I am playing the role of ‘tai’ (elder sister). As of now, everybody is angry. It is time to calm down and resolve the issue. How the ban could be lifted needs to be discussed and resolved amicably,” she told reporters after a meeting attended by Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Sena MPs.After Air India put him on the no-fly list, the Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways, SpiceJet, IndiGo and GoAir as its members, also imposed a ban on Gaikwad from flying on their network.The airlines’ move came after the MP had last week assaulted 62-year-old duty manager of Air India R Sukumar with slippers over not being able to fly business class despite having boarded an all-economy flight.After the ban, Gaikwad had to travel by train from Delhi to Maharashtra.Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant, after the meeting, said, “All airlines have come together banning him (Gaikwad), but it is our fundamental right (to travel by air).” Mahajan said the MPs, so far, have not given notice of a privilege motion. Such a notice can be given by any member of either House of a state legislature or Parliament against anyone who is accused of breach of privilege.This privilege provides certain rights and immunities to MPs, MLAs and MLCs.

After Gaikwad, BJP’s Hukumdev Narayan in VVIP culture soup

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Refuting allegations of riding alone in an air bus from the Patna airport to a Jet Airways flight, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Hukumdev Narayan Yadav on Monday said it is a sheer lie. ?The report is absolutely incorrect. If Jet Airways says I didn’t go by bus alone (to board flight) then why spread lies?? Yadav told ANI. Expressing his ire over reports published in this regard, the Madhubani MP said that the media should have cross-checked the facts before circulating information. The MP was alleged of riding alone in an air bus to board a flight at the Patna airport while making other co-passengers wait. This comes within a week of Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad assaulting an Air India staffer. Top airlines in the country have included the MP in the ?no-fly? list. However, the MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra was unrepentant and demanded that the staffer should apologise to him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Shiv Sena gives shutdown call in Osmanabad in support of Gaikwad, to raise privilege motion in Parliament

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena has given a shutdown call in Maharashtra’s Osmanabad in support of MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who had assaulted an Air India employee on flight. Meanwhile, the Shiv Sena is likely to bring privilege motion in the Parliament on Monday over the issue of Gaikwad being put in “no fly list” of all airlines.Sena supporters are also holding a bike rally in Maharashtra’s Omerga for Gaikwad.Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage. The MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra had earlier downplayed reports suggesting that Air India is considering banning him from boarding its flights. “I have the tickets, they can’t blacklist me. I will board the Delhi-Pune Air India flight this evening. How can they not allow me?” he said.”I will not apologise. It was not my fault, it was his fault. He should apologise. First ask him to apologise then we will see,” Gaikwad told the media.Sukumar, who was assaulted by Gaikwad, asserted that the elected representatives need to behave in a decent manner. “I am not scared at all, either with Gaikwad or with the Shiv Sena. I have been serving public and have also faced many who get irritated on such issues. It’s a common thing for me,” he added.
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AI air hostess defends Gaikwad, says Shiv Sena MP pulled up Sukumar for misdemeanour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Coming out in defence of Ravindra Gaikwad, who manhandled an Air India staff, an air hostess of the national airlines who was an eye witness to the incident on Sunday said that the Shiv Sena MP was only trying to pull up the duty manager for his misdemeanour, adding that he had no intentions of throwing him down the ladder. The air hostess said Gaikwad was very courteous to the crew and there was no sign of his being violent onboard or no expectation that he would become violent later on. ?The only thing is that he was not willing to get off the plane even after being pursued by background and commercial staff. He wanted to speak to higher authority at the managerial level so that he can take up some issues with them which he was facing primarily, due to the boarding pass he had been issued, which was of J-class and he was given economy seat because the aircraft on that route is always economy. So, this discrepancy led to an argument with the ground staff and the MP concerned,? the air hostess told ANI. The air hostess further informed that on Gaikwad?s demand to meet senior official, the duty manager, Sukumar onboard came to meet him. ?He (duty manager) was pretty much honest to his job but somewhere something went wrong in his communication and probably, the MP took also took it in wrong way. The conversation led to an argument which ultimately led to physical entanglement between the two men. Whereupon the MP took out his slipper and was about to hit him and tried to take law in his hand by taking him towards the ladder,? she added. The air hostess further said that she intervened because she wasn?t scared of Gaikwad. ?That is the time when I barged in because I knew he wouldn?t hit me because some time back he had called me sister and he was showing sympathy towards all women employees,? she said. ?I was not scared of Mr. Gaikwad because he was particularly nice to me. My colleagues told me that I had held his hand and stopped him from hitting Sukumar further,? she added. The air hostess said that the Shiv Sena MP had no intentions of throwing the duty manager down the ladder. ?I don?t think he was about to throw him (duty manager) off. He was just trying to pull that person up for his misdemeanour and put pressure so that senior officials come and hear out all his concerns,? she added. Air India and six private airlines banned the 56-year-old MP from flying as he refused to apologise for the incident that triggered nationwide outrage. The MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra had earlier downplayed reports suggesting that Air India is considering banning him from boarding its flights. “I have the tickets, they can’t blacklist me. I will board the Delhi-Pune Air India flight this evening. How can they not allow me?” he said. “I will not apologise. It was not my fault, it was his fault. He should apologise. First ask him to apologise then we will see,” Gaikwad told the media. Sukumar, who was assaulted by Gaikwad, yesterday asserted that the elected representatives need to behave in a decent manner. “I am not scared at all, either with Gaikwad or with the Shiv Sena. I have been serving public and have also faced many who get irritated on such issues. It’s a common thing for me,” he added. Earlier, the Centre also took cognizance of the incident and assured a thorough probe into the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Will ‘raise hand’ where needed:Raut on AI staffer assault case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shiv Sena does not support Ravindra Gaikwad’s behaviour but party leaders would “raise their hand” wherever needed, its Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Raut said here this evening. He was responding to a question at a press conference here about the party’s stand on Gaikwad hitting an Air India employee with a slipper yesterday. “The Shiv Sena can never support Ravindra Gaikwad’s behaviour. But there should be an inquiry to find out why our MP was forced to behave this way,” Raut said. “Hitting anybody can never be the culture of the Sena, but we will surely raise our hand wherever required,” Raut said. It is not about a single MP but thousands of passengers who have to face numerous troubles due to Air India’s poor service, he said. “It would have been better had Air India been as quick in improving its service as it was in banning our MP from flying on its aircraft. Passengers are fleeced at airports like Mumbai and Delhi. What happens to their (AI’s) quick decision-making then?” he asked. Before the party take any action against Gaikwad, the MP will have to face action as per the law, Raut said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Action should be taken by law, Shiv Sena against Gaikwad: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today denigrated and castigated Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad for assaulting an Air India employee, saying strict action should be taken against him as per law and by his party. “Nobody in public life can even remotely do anything but to denigrate and castigate such behaviour. We hope and trust that the Law takes its clear unequivocal and prompt course. “That his party takes a quick decision as we are told it is considering. It is most important that there is an inner realisation and an inner element of apology and inner of relevant reform which should set up very good example of kind of consciousness,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi told reporters. He said such a thing not only hurts the person who does it or the victim, “but even hurts each one of us who proudly claim belonging and ownership of a particularly exclusive category called MPs. So think that inner realisation and response should be most effective”. Asked if any action against him be taken in Parliament for Gaikwad’s unruly behaviour, Singhvi said that is something which the Speaker will go into and she has already made a statement, but there is no question of preempting that. “It will depend first and foremost on the Speaker’s preliminary view and secondly the will of that House. The Speaker has spoken at the moment. Let us wait,” he said. Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge termed the incident as “condemnable” and said the MPs from any party should not behave in such a manner and be careful and polite. “Such type of behaviour is condemnable. The civil aviation minister has condemned this act. People should not create a controversy to bring down the status and reputation of an institution. MPs should behave carefully and politely,” he said. Gaikwad had yesterday assaulted a senior Air India staffer with his slippers. National carrier Air India along with other private airlines today banned the Shiv Sena MP from flying on their aircraft.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Air India bans Shiv Sena MP with ‘immediate effect’, proposes ‘no fly’ list

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Following the assault of an Air India staffer by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, the Airlines has banned the politician from flying on all its flights with immediate effect and has also cancelled his return ticket to Pune. Condemning the assault on its staffer, Air India issued a statement demanding that strict action be taken against the Member of Parliament by law enforcement agencies. ?We believe that 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. Air India and FIA member airlines have decided to ban this Member of Parliament from flying on all our flights with immediate effect. We believe that exemplary action should be taken in such incidents to protect employee morale and public safety,? Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) Associate Director Ujjwal Dey said in a statement. Proposing the promulgation of a “no fly” list including the names of all unruly passengers, Air India said that such a step should be taken in the interest of safety and security of their colleagues and other customers, adding that such customers are not welcome on their carriers and they seek the support of the Government and security agencies to enforce such a “no fly” list. Earlier in the day, the MP from Osmanabad in Maharashtra downplayed reports suggesting that Air India is considering banning him from boarding its flights. “I have the tickets, they can’t blacklist me. I will board the Delhi-Pune Air India flight this evening. How can they not allow me?” he said. Gaikwad also remained unapologetic about the incident and dared the Delhi Police to arrest him. “I will not apologise. It was not my fault, it was his fault. He should apologise. First ask him to apologise then we will see,” Gaikwad told the media. Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has sought a report to determine the facts before he decides on what happens next for Gaikwad. Meanwhile, Air India Duty Manager Sukumar, who was assaulted by Gaikwad, today asserted that the elected representatives need to behave in a decent manner. ?I am not scared at all, either with Gaikwad or with the Shiv Sena. I have been serving public and have also faced many who get irritated on such issues. It?s a common thing for me,? he added. Sukumar further said that he had requested Gaikwad to deboard the aircraft as cleaning staff had to complete their work following which he got angry. ?I had requested him (Gaikwad) to de-board the aircraft as the cleaning staff had to complete their work. On which he got furious and raised his hands,? said Sukumar. Earlier, the Centre also took cognizance of the incident and assured a thorough probe into the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Major Indian airlines ban MP who beat official

Ravindra Gaikwad will not be able to fly on five major Indian airlines with immediate effect.

Defiant Sena MP says he won’t apologise over plane incident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An unrepentant Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad today said that he would not apologise to the Air India staffer whom he assaulted, and instead blamed the airline employee for the incident. The MP drew more flak today, with four private Indian carriers banning him from flying, while Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathy Raju promised that action would be taken against him. Gaikwad told reporters at the Maharashtra Sadan here this morning that he has no regret over his actions, saying “kaahe ka pashchaataap (what is there to repent)?” “I will not apologise…he (AI Manager Sukumar) should come and apologise… then we will see. A 60-year-old man should also know how to behave,” he said. Gaikwad said he went out to watch a Bollywood movie — ‘Badrinath ki Dulhaniya’ — last night to “relax” himself after journalists sought his reaction over the incident. “Tension-free hona chahiye na…you also watch the movie…it’s very good,” he said. The first-time lawmaker also said he had made the Parliament “proud”, when asked if his act has brought shame to the temple of democracy. Meanwhile, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she cannot take suo motu action and that she will take a call if it is brought to her notice in the House. “I always say every human being should behave in a nice manner with everyone…whosoever it is, your behaviour should be good with everyone. As a mother I would suggest that to everyone. I will understand everything and then I will comment,” she told reporters before entering the house. Gaikwad also said that he has had no conversation with his party chief Uddhav Thackeray since the incident and added that he has written to the Lok Sabha Speaker and the Civil Aviation Minister regarding the incident. Yesterday Gaikwad had repeatedly hit a 60-year-old Air India officer with sandal over being unable to travel business class despite having insisted on boarding an all-economy flight. The national carrier has filed two FIRs against the MP, while the Shiv Sena has sought an explanation from him. “Police can arrest me…my party, Uddhav saheb will take care of it,” he said. Raju said the incident “should never have happened”. “It was an unfortunate incident. It should never have happened. What has to happen (now), will happen. I am not saying no action has to be taken. Action has to be taken and we will do it. That is not the problem at all. “I am also an MP. We are not above the law and we have to follow the law of the land,” he told reporters outside the House. (MORE)(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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