Sydney, 24 March, 2017
Shiv Sena MP from Maharashtra, Ravindra Gaikwad is in news. He allegedly abused, manhandled and physically assaulted Air India employee onboard an Air India plane at IGI Airport, New Delhi, Thursday, 23 March, 2017. Apparently, he was upset that he had to travel Pune-Delhi in economy Class. He refused to deplane at Delhi. When AI staffer requested him to do so, he was assaulted. News reports are stating that the AI plane did not have any business class as it was an all-economy class plane.
This MP, when interviewed by the media, brazenly admitted the assault and refused to introspect and apologize. He justified the attack. Shiv Sena Party has asked for an explanation. Lok Sabha (Parliament) speaker has refused to take any action on Suo Moto basis, even though this news is literally in every newspaper.
There is a huge uproar against MP’s behavior. A FIR (First Information Repirt) has been lodged with Delhi Police.
Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways, GoAir and Vistara airlines have placed Mr Gaikwad in a no-fly list, which is a good beginning.
That is not enough. Further actions are warranted.
1. Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan, should initiate a disciplinary action. He should be suspended from Lok Sabha.
2. He should be ordered to undergo anger management course.
3. Delhi Police should review the video, conduct a thorough investigation and charge Mr Gaikwad. Nobody has any right to break the law. Nobody is above Law.
Dr Yadu Singh
This is not enough.