Gaikwad backs himself, says did all in defence

New Delhi: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad today stated that he had been “abused and manhandled” by an Air India official and all what he did was in reaction to that and in self-defence.

During his controversial flight last month when he had beaten a flight officer with his footwear, and offered to apologise for his behaviour but not to the 60-year-old Air India official.

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Gaikwad, who had confessed to hitting an Air India duty manager for not being given a business class seat, said in the House that on the day of the incident (March 23) he was made to travel in economy class despite having a business class ticket.

He said after the Pune-Delhi flight landed in the national capital, he asked for the complaint register. “Then an officer came, then two or three more officers came.. When I said that I was a politician, one of them said ‘But you are not Narendra Modi. Are you?'” said the Shiv Sena MP, giving his version of the incident.

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