Flying ban on TDP MP Diwakar Reddy lifted despite no apology for ‘manhandling incident’

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Diwakar Reddy had manhandled IndiGo’s ground staff at Vizag Airport on June 15
  • Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad had to issue an letter of regret to the aviation ministry for getting the flying ban on him revoked

NEW DELHI: Low cost carrier IndiGo on Wednesday lifted the flying ban on Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP Diwakar Reddy. Reddy allegedly manhandled IndiGo’s ground staff at Vizag Airport on June 15 after which he was banned from flying. Later, all other leading Indian airlines also extended the ban on Reddy. Now with IndiGo lifting the ban — without an apology from Reddy — other carriers are likely to follow suit.

Later, Air India also lifted the ban against the MP.

“Senior IndiGo officials on Wednesday met Diwakar Reddy, at a lunch hosted by senior MP YS Chaudhary, to resolve the issue of Diwakar Reddy’s ban on IndiGo flights. 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. The Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) has also been informed about the decision. IndiGo appreciate and thanks the member airlines for their continued support,” IndiGo said in a statement.

Incidentally, YS Chaudhary is also a TDP MP and is Union minister of state for ministry of science and technology and earth sciences.

 While Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad had to issue an letter of regret to the aviation ministry for getting the flying ban on him revoked, Reddy did not have to even show any remorse or apology.

The aviation ministry is yet to come out with its no-fly list for unruly passengers. Till then, the likes of Reddy and Gaikwad can get away without any fear of action.

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