HC Refuses To Lift Flying Ban Against JC

The court asks whether the travel company run by the MP’s family allows unruly people to travel in its buses.

Hyderabad:  The Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday refused to lift the ban imposed by various airlines against air travel by Telugu Desam MP JC Diwakar Reddy.

While hearing the case, the court asked whether Diwakar Reddy, whose family runs a road travel company, allows passengers to travel even if they behave in an unruly manner. It is well known that Diwakar Travels, which plies buses in the Telugu States as also the neighbouring States, is run by the JC family.

“Will this agency allow passengers, who violate safety rules, to travel in its buses?” the judge asked.

The court also clarified that it cannot pass an order unless it has heard the other side of the issue.

It, however, issued notices to various airline companies that imposed the ban as also the Aviation Ministry and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). It asked them to file their affidavits before July 21, when the case will come up again for hearing.   

The TDP MP, who approached the High Court on the ban issue, argued in his plea that imposing a ban without a proper inquiry was unlawful and contrary to the rights accorded by the Constitution.   More: TDP MP Approaches Hyderabad High Court Against Air Travel Ban

It may be recalled that the Anantapur MP had allegedly behaved in an unruly fashion with the staff of Indigo Airlines at Visakhapatnam Airport. The airline banned him from travelling with it. Other airlines too followed suit.

As a result, Diwakar Reddy had to fly by a chartered plane to Delhi to vote in the President’s election.

Sources say the MP has discussed the airlines’ ban against him with Minister for Finance and Defence Arun Jaitley, who is also a noted lawyer. Jaitley suggested that Diwakar Reddy resolve the issue in an amicable fashion.  More: Mum’s The Word For MP Diwakar

Airlines that have imposed a travel ban on him include Indigo, Air India, Jet Airways, Spice Jet, Go Air and Air Asia.

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