Gaikwad Delay

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad (center) with Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav at Parliament on April 11, 2017. Air India has asked the Delhi Police to speed up its inquiry into the airline’s complaint against Gaikwad, who assaulted an airline staffer in March. (IANS photo)

NEW DELHI — National passenger carrier Air India has asked the Delhi Police to hasten its inquiry into the airline's complaint against Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who assaulted an airline staffer in March.

According to Air India sources, the slow progress of the case – which began nearly a month ago –  has affected employee morale and led to a "loss of faith" in the rule of law.

"Our CMD had written a letter to the Commissioner of Police of Delhi two days back," the Air India source said April 20.

"... the letter mentioned that AI's complaint about the recent assault by the Shiv Sena MP has been converted into a FIR and that all of AI's employees have been called in for questioning and that the police have also taken the CCTV footage."

The source added: "Unfortunately, the MP against whom the complaint has been lodged has neither been called for questioning nor any action taken against him. Because of the slow progress of the case, the morale of employees is getting down and they are losing faith in the rule of law."

The source said the letter was "hand-delivered" to the office of the commissioner of police, Delhi.

On March 23, Air India banned Shiv Sena MP Gaikwad from flying aboard its planes, after he assaulted a senior manager.

Following Air India’s ban, other private air passenger carriers imposed a similar restriction against the Shiv Sena MP. However, the ban was subsequently lifted on advice of the Civil Aviation Ministry after Gaikwad expressed "regrets" in the Lok Sabha over the March 23 incident.

However, Gaikwad refused to apologize to the Air India senior manager whom he admitted he had assaulted.

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