Indigo ban row: Minister of State of Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha today expressed hope that there should not be any re-occurance of the ruckus which was created by TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy at Visakhapatnam airport yesterday. Sinha said that the issue would have to be solved between the TDP lawmaker and the airline concerned, according to ANI report. Diwakar Reddy was denied boarding on an IndiGo flight for not being on time. Reddy allegedly got into a verbal spat with the ground staff and hurled a printer kept at the airline’s counter after being informed that the flight boarding had already closed. Though major airlines took a stand and banned the TDP MP from their flights, initially he was accommodated in the same flight following the incident.
According to a PTI report when asked whether he was apologetic for his actions, Reddy told reporters with folded hands, “(I have) Nothing to say. I don’t want to speak anything.” Reddy, the Lok Sabha member from Anantapur, has been banned by most domestic airlines following his unruly behaviour. He was yesterday scheduled to fly IndiGo’s flight 6E-608, which departs from Visakhapatnam at 8.10 am, to Hyderabad. But he reached just 28 minutes before the scheduled departure, according to the airline.
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According to PTI reports, prior to this incident he had also vandalised the Gannavaram airport in Vijaywada after he missed his flight. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju who belongs to the same party said the matter will be enquired and needful steps will be taken.
Caught in a similar case was Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who was accused of assaulting an Air India staffer for being refused to travel in business class in an all-economy flight.