Rowdy MP to get his wings back: IndiGo lifts flying ban on Diwakar Reddy

The airline officials met the lawmaker at the behest of TDP MP YS Chaudhary and 'amicably resolved' the issue.
Rowdy MP to get his wings back: IndiGo lifts flying ban on Diwakar Reddy
Rowdy MP to get his wings back: IndiGo lifts flying ban on Diwakar Reddy
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Budget passenger carrier IndiGo on Wednesday said it has decided to revoke the ban on flying TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy on its flights.

"Senior IndiGo officials today met Honourable Member of Parliament Diwakar Reddy, at a lunch hosted by senior Member of Parliament YS Chaudhary, to resolve the issue of Honourable Member Diwakar Reddy's ban on IndiGo flights," the airline said in a statement.

"The issue is amicably resolved between the two and IndiGo has decided to lift the said ban with immediate effect and Reddy is withdrawing the case he has filed," it added.

The airline added that it has informed the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) about its decision. 

As of June 16, all the major seven domestic airlines -- Air India, Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir, Vistara and AirAsia India -- had barred the TDP MP from their flights.

Diwakar Reddy created a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport on June 15, after he was denied a boarding pass for an IndiGo flight as he had not showed up in time. 

The Telugu Desam Party lawmaker from Anantapur was caught on camera damaging a printer and pushing a senior official from Indigo airlines, after he arrived late for his flight, and was denied a boarding pass.

The MP had apparently reported at the check-in counter 28 minutes before the scheduled departure of the flight against the regulation of 45 minutes. As the airline staff told him they could not issue him a boarding pass, he got angry and entered into a heated argument with them.

Following the ban, Reddy had moved the Hyderabad High court.

Reddy, in his petition, argued that imposing a ban on him without conducting an inquiry, was "unlawful and contrary to the rights accorded by the Constitution."

However, while dealing with his petition, the High Court reportedly asked him if he would allow unruly elements to travel in buses operated by Diwakar Travels.

Diwakar Travels is owned by the family of Diwakar Reddy.

“The petitioner also runs a travel agency. Will this agency allow passengers who violate safety rules to travel in his buses?” the judge was quoted as saying.

Following this, the HC issued notices to all the airlines that had imposed a ban on Reddy, along with the Aviation Ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The case was scheduled to come up for hearing again on July 21, but it may not happen, as Reddy is reported to have dropped the case.

Reports suggest that other airlines may also follow suit, and lift the flying ban against the MP.

IANS inputs

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