JC Ruckus: Barred By Five Airlines
Vizag: Politician, businessman JC. Diwakar Reddy became the first politician to face new rule” No Fly” by airlines due to his violent behaviour with Indigo staff at Vizag airport.
All five airlines stood firm on decision to ban the MP from travelling in their flights. Earlier, Shiva Sena MP Gaikwad was suspended temporarily for his rude behaviour on Air India staff. He apologised to Air India and later was allowed to fly.
According to the new draft rules designed by Central Government, any person who misbehaves indulging in unruly behaviour will be banned from 3 months to an indefinite period. This draft is to be finalised shortly.
But in meanwhile 5 Airlines took the decision irrespective of the new draft to ban MP Diwakar Reddy after he refused to apologise to the Indigo staff.
Diwakar Reddy who has to leave for Hyderabad in Indigo airlines from Vizag reached airport at 7.41 am with the flight scheduled to depart at 8.05 am. He came to know through Indigo staff that Boarding Pass counter has been closed and told the MP that he will be accommodated in next flight.
Boarding Pass Counter is generally closed 45 mins prior to schedule time of flight.
Immediately, Diwakar Reddy became angry and started abusing the staff, tried to break the printer which was on the table. Then he pushed an employee into a cabin and bolted the door. The footage shown by TV channels proved that he assaulted an employee. He spoke to Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Ganapatiraju Raju who was present at Vizag airport at that time. The minister has spoken to some one and the MP got a boarding pass and travelled to Hyderabad by the same flight.
This incident came to Naidu’s notice when he was in the middle of the coordination meeting.
Naidu has asked the MP to give an explanation for the rowdy act.
Diwakar Reddy immediately attended press conference and said that he did not misbehave with anyone. He further said that if flight is still there, why did the staff close the boarding pass counter?
When a reporter questioned MP that CCTV footage clearly shows that he misbehaved with the staff, Diwakar Reddy became angry on that reporter and asked him to forget about the CCTV footage and his word is final.
The incident happened when Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju was inside airport. Minister was scheduled to travel from Vizag to Vijayawada.
Neither the minister tried to neither stop JC’s ruckus nor intervene on behalf of the aggrieved staff. This led to severe criticism against Ashok Gajapathi Raju.