Sena workers burn Air India staffers effigy

On Thursday, Gaikwad had hit a 60-year-old Air India staff member with a slipper.

Union civil aviation minister, Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who is a TDP MP from Andhra Pradesh, condemned the incident saying that such physical assaults will not be "encouraged".

At that point, the 60-year-old duty manager, Shivkumar, approached the MP to try and placate him, but was brutally manhandled, Air India sources said.

After being barred by airlines for assaulting an Air India employee, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad had to take a train to Mumbai where he has been summoned by his part chief Uddhav Thackeray.

After Air India, six private airliners - IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air Asia SpiceJet, Vistara and GoAir - also banned him from flying.

Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad on Thursday assaulted the Air India staff member when the MP lost his cool after a heated altercation with the AI officials including Sukumar.

Gaikwad claimed that the airline staff had insulted him on the flight from Pune to New Delhi.

"Haan maine usko maara tha, usne badtameezi ki thi (Yes, I hit him, he misbehaved)", said the Shiv Sena MP, boasting about the attack.

Sukumar further said that he had requested Gaikwad to deboard the aircraft as cleaning staff had to complete their work following which he got angry.

Delhi Police said they had registered a preliminary case against Gaikwad on Friday. On Friday, the national carrier cancelled his return ticket, while IndiGo cancelled his ticket from Delhi to Pune.

Speaking to PTI, Gaikwad said he plans to file the case at a court in Osmanabad (Maharashtra), his Lok Sabha constituency, next week against the "main officials" of Air India for allegedly defaming him.

According to reports, an association of airlines has decided that Gaikwad will not be allowed on flights. This led to an argument with the airline employees in Pune and an assault on the manager by the MP when the aircraft landed in Delhi.

Airlines including Air India have said they are considering a no-fly list that would ban disruptive or violent passengers. "I hit him with my slipper 25 times. We have to see whether this action is within the framework of the law", Minister of State for Aviation Jayant Sinha told The Times of India.

An Air India manager - Shiv Kumar - boarded the plane to persuade the MP to exit the plane.