India’s national carrier Air India on Friday lifted the travel ban it imposed on a senior lawmaker of ruling the Bharatiya Janata Party’s ally Shiv Sena.

The travel restrictions imposed on March 27, were lifted after receiving the order from India’s Civil Aviation Ministry.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers of the western state of Maharashtra-based Hindu fundamentalist Shiv Sena party created ruckus in the Parliament over the ban by Air India and other private airlines.

The Shiv Sena lawmaker, Ravindra Gaikwad had bragged about beating an employee of Air India two weeks back multiple times with his slippers.

Gaikwad beat the employee of Air India for refusing him a business-class seat in a flight to Delhi that only had economy class.

In spite of the ruckus, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju on Thursday stood his ground, saying the “law should take its course.

“Aircraft are machines where people fly and safety is important. Safety will not be compromised,’’ Raju said.

The Home Minister, however, later said that the Civil Aviation Minister would talk to all stakeholders to reach an amicable solution at the earliest.

Earlier that day, Gaikwad presented his version of the Air India incident and said he had only shoved the manager when he insulted parliamentarians.

“I apologise for my behaviour but not to the Air India official who abused and manhandled me,’’ Gaikwad told the Parliament.

Report says all Indian airlines, a first in the country, banned the lawmaker from their flights in the wake of him beating the Air India employee with his slippers multiple times.

NAN


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