• Rajasthan

    Cong 99
    BJP 73
    RLM 3
    OTH 24
  • Madhya Pradesh

    Cong 113
    BJP 110
    BSP 2
    OTH 5
  • Chhattisgarh

    Cong 68
    BJP 15
    JCC 7
    OTH 0
  • Telangana

    TRS-AIMIM 95
    TDP-Cong 21
    BJP 1
    OTH 2
  • Mizoram

    MNF 26
    Cong 5
    BJP 1
    OTH 8

* Total Tally Reflects Leads + Wins

Airlines can’t impose flying ban on anyone, says Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien

By: | Updated: April 19, 2018 5:12 PM

Airlines have no authority to impose flying ban on anybody, including parliamentarians, and the law of the land should take its course, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said today.

pj kurian, flying ban, ravindra gaikwad issue, naresh agrawal, flying ban issueAgrawal wanted to know if the airlines could impose such restrictions.

Airlines have no authority to impose flying ban on anybody, including parliamentarians, and the law of the land should take its course, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said today. The remarks came after SP member Naresh Agrawal raised the issue of recent flying ban imposed by major domestic airlines, including state-owned Air India. Agrawal wanted to know if the airlines could impose such restrictions. According to him, such an action was a breach of privilege of the Members of Parliament. To this, Kurien said agreed that Agrawal has raised a “valid point” that if any MP has committed a crime or something against the law, the law of the land should take its course. “Airlines are not given the authority to punish anybody. I think the government should take note of it. “MPs are also citizens … if they commit a crime or mistake, the law of the land should take recourse to it,” the Deputy Chairman said. He further said “it is a punishment imposed on an MP for some crime…This cannot be done. This is not a thing to be punished by airlines”. Congress MP Anand Sharma suggested to the Deputy Chairman that the word ‘crime’ should be replaced with ‘violation’.

However, Kurien said if a person beats up someone, it is a crime. Different airlines yesterday lifted the flying ban on TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy after “urgent” notices from the court to the government and the aviation regulator DGCA on the lawmaker’s plea against the action of domestic carriers. On June 15, Reddy got into a verbal spat with IndiGo ground staff at Visakhapatnam airport and threw a printer kept at the airline counter after he was informed that boarding for his flight to Hyderabad had closed.

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Reddy was the second MP after Shiv Sena’s Ravindra Gaikwad who was banned from flying domestic airlines. A flying ban was imposed on Gaikwad in March this year after he repeatedly hit an Air India officer with slippers for not providing him a business class seat on an all-economy flight. The ban was lifted after a fortnight following an undertaking from him that he would desist from such conduct in future.

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