Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad punched and hit a 60-year-old Air India Duty Manager with his slippers nearly 25 times and tore his shirt at IGI airport in New Delhi on Thursday just because he could not travel business class in an all-economy flight.
The airline has also constituted a committee to look into the incident and has submitted its report to the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The airline will be filing an FIR also against the MP.
Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad is no stranger to controversies.
The 57-year-old Lok Sabha member from the Osmanabad constituency in the Marathwada region was in the eye of a row in 2014 for allegedly trying to force-feed a Muslim caterer during the fasting month of Ramzan over the quality of chapatis served at the Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi.
He has various criminal charges against him which include voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servants from duty, criminal intimidation and rioting among others.
He was twice elected to the Maharashtra Assembly before going to the Lok Sabha in 2014. Gaikwad, whose violent streak was on display on Thursday, has been a member of the Joint Committee on Security in Parliament House Complex since April 2015.
He holds M.Com and B.Ed degrees and is known as 'Ravi Sir' in his constituency.