Surprisingly, Gaikwad received support from other political quarters too. 'If someone has committed a crime he can be punished but denying (him) a ticket is seriously wrong,' said minister of state for law and justice PP Chaudhary. Photograph: (ANI)
Says an FIR has been filed against Ravindra Gaikwad. 'Now we will see who else an FIR should be lodged against'
The Shiv Sena has come out in support of its MP who beat -- with his slipper -- a 60-year-old Air India staffer.
The Shiv Sena's S Raut said: "A mistake was made, violence was used, we will see who was responsible for that. An FIR has been lodged no? Now we will see who else an FIR should be lodged against."
Raut went on to add: "Anybody -- an ordinary person or a minister -- can get angry if wrong has been done to him."
ANI reported that Raut was speaking on behalf of the party, not as an individual.
Galti hui hai, haat utha hai, uske liye kaun zimedaar hai woh dekhenge. FIR kiya hai na? Hum dekhlenge aur kis par FIR honi chahiye: S Raut pic.twitter.com/2dbVT6dax0— ANI (@ANI_news) March 24, 2017
Aam aadmi ho ya mantri ho kisi ka bhi gussa phut sakta hai agar uske saath galat hua hai: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena on Ravindra Gaikwad pic.twitter.com/VDgnq27UVQ— ANI (@ANI_news) March 24, 2017
Gaikwad has said on Thursday: "I hit him 25 times. Yes, I hit him with my slipper."
He has refused to apologise, saying instead that it is Air India which should apologise.
Air India and four other airlines have meanwhile banned Gaikwad from flying with them.
Gaikwad becomes the first person to be put on an Indian no-fly list. This in fact is India's first no-fly list.
Because of his banning, he was forced to take a train back to Mumbai today.
Delhi Police meanwhile have said that an FIR has been lodged against Gaikwad.
Case registered under IPC 308 & 355 and transferred to Delhi Police crime branch for thorough probe: Dependra Pathak, Spokesperson,DP pic.twitter.com/lUc4aQeCEi— ANI (@ANI_news) March 24, 2017
Surprisingly, and perhaps shamefully, Gaikwad has received support from other political quarters too.
Union minister of state for law and justice PP Chaudhary was quoted by ANI as saying that, "There is no law that bars anyone from travelling anywhere...
The BJP MP added, "If someone has committed a crime he can be punished but denying (him) a ticket is seriously wrong."
There is no law that bars anyone from travelling anywhere or denying a ticket: Union MoS for law and justice PP Chaudhary on Gaikwad pic.twitter.com/AfhlT0LEv1— ANI (@ANI_news) March 24, 2017
If someone has committed a crime, he can be punished but denying a ticket is seriously wrong: PP Chaudhary on Shiv Sena MP R Gaikwad pic.twitter.com/LCETnsk8Nw— ANI (@ANI_news) March 24, 2017
News reports meanwhile added that the AI staffer Sukumar Raman was insistent that charges should be filed against Gaikwad,
They are public servants, elected by public they need to behave in a decent manner: Sukumar, AI staff assaulted by Shiv Sena MP R.Gaikwad pic.twitter.com/K8e4kcUiJ3— ANI (@ANI_news) March 24, 2017