- Maharashtra lawmaker says will sue airlines for cancelling his tickets
- He was put on a 'no fly' list for assaulting an Air India employee
- Mr Gaikwad has refused to apologise and has dared police to arrest him
"I will take legal action against Indigo and Air India for cancelling my confirmed tickets," Mr Gaikwad, who faces a case of assault, said today.
While his party said it did not support the assault, it had also expressed reservation about Air India's stern decision. Party leader Sanjay Raut said Air India should ponder over "what would happen if the public decides to blacklist the airline".
The air-hostess who had tried to intervene when Mr Gaikwad tried to hit Mr Sukumar today said she was "not scared of Mr Gaikwad since he was particularly nice to me". "I stopped him from hitting Sukumar and pushing him... I was not sure Mr Gaikwad wanted to throw Sukumar out."
On Thursday, Mr Gaikwad was caught on camera abusing and roughing up a 60-year-old duty manager of the national carrier for not being able to fly business class in an all-economy Pune-Delhi flight. He even demanded that the 60-year-old, Duty Manager Sukumar Raman, whom he nearly pushed off the ladder used to disembark the plane, should apologise to him.
"I hit him 25 times with my slipper," the parliamentarian from Osmanabad later told television channels. Mr Gaikwad has also asked Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to investigate why he was treated poorly by the national carrier.
Mr Gaikwad has said he would be back in Delhi on Wednesday. His mode of transportation, however, remains unclear.