Monday, March 27, 2017

Unruly Gaikwad: Politicians are not above the law and Air India is not their personal property

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad’s alleged assault on an Air India staffer last week has led to a nationwide outcry – against how politicians with a bloated sense of entitlement expect to be treated as much more special than the public they serve. Delhi Police has filed an FIR against Gaikwad under sections 308 and 355 of IPC. It’s very important that the police probe be expeditious, rigorous and free from political interference. A clear message must go out that no politician can flout the country’s rules or demand special services at will, and with violence.
After the incident, the unapologetic Sena MP from Osmanabad could be seen on TV boasting about how he hit the airline employee with his sandal 25 times. It seems he was angry because he had been made to fly in an all-economy flight from Pune to Delhi. Whatever the merits of his complaint, Gaikwad should know he has no right to assault anyone. Afterwards, IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, GoAir, AirAsia and Vistara closed ranks with Air India to stop Gaikwad from flying on their aircraft. He was forced to travel back to Pune by train.
27/03/17 The Times Of India