Ravindra Gaikwad, the infamous member of parliament from Shiv Sena, has been barred from flying by the Federation of Indian Airlines. The decision was taken in the wake of an outrage followed by complaints after the MP confessed on camera that he had hit an airline official with his sandal 25 times.


As a result of this order, Gaikwad would be barred from flying on an Air India Flight unless he goes in appeal or a court decides otherwise. Another option before him would be to tender an unconditional apology. Whether or not to accept the apology would be the discretion of the federation.


He takes pride in assaulting a 60-year-old man and has no remorse over his actions, leave alone apologising, doesn't even acknowledge that he is in the wrong. 


Gaikwad has eight criminal cases against him, including one for culpable homicide. He has been booked for multiple charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder, criminal intimidation, rioting, unlawful assembly, voluntarily causing hurt, endangering life, wrongful restraint and being armed with deadly weapons. All this in his own submission in affidavits filed.


In 2014, within months of being elected to the Lok Sabha, Gaikwad was accused of force-feeding a Muslim caterer who was observing his Ramzan fast. The MP was supposedly unhappy with the quality of the food at Maharashtra Sadan and force-fed the catering in-charge who was observing a fast. Even then, the MP had remained defiant.