TDP MP Approaches Hyderabad High Court Against Air Travel Ban
Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party MP from Anantapur, JC Diwarkar Reddy, has petitioned the Hyderabad High Court seeking lifting of air travel ban against him by several airline companies in the country.
The TDP MP approaching the High Court is a bit surprising, as he could have sought waiver of the ban from Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who belongs to his own party. It may be recalled that following the Aviation Minister’s intervention, ban on air travel by Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was lifted after the latter had tendered an apology. Before that, all domestic airlines had refused to fly Gaikwad, as he had assaulted an Air India employee aboard an aircraft in the third week of May.
Diwakar Reddy’s petition filed on Tuesday comes soon after AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu asked the MP to resolve the issue “personally and swiftly”. Naidu had also advised him to approach the Aviation Minister “to put an end to the travel ban controversy”. Naidu’s suggestion came after TruJet refused to issue him a boarding pass for a flight to Vijayawada last Sunday. TrueJet’s refusal came in the wake of several airline organisations imposing a ban against letting Diwakar travel by air, as he had misbehaved with the staff of IndiGo Airlines a month ago. More: Resolve Air Travel Ban Issue, AP CM Tells Diwakar
The TDP MP, in his plea, requested the High Court to rule the ban against him as “illegal”. He has made the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Air India, Jet Airways, Vistara Airlines, IndiGo, GoAir, Air Asia, SpiceJet and Turbo Megha Airways as respondents to his petition.
He alleged that though he had reported well within time, IndiGo Airlines did not issue a boarding pass to him. He pointed out that no complaint was filed against him by the said airline regarding the incident.
However, there is CCTV footage revealing the MP creating a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam Airport last month after he was not issued a boarding pass by IndiGo for being late. More: Mum’s The Word For MP Diwakar
The Anantapur MP has sought direction from the High Court declaring the action of respondents in imposing flying ban on him as “illegal, arbitrary, violation of the principle of natural justice” and to forthwith allow the petitioner to fly on all domestic flights.
He contended that the ban should be lifted as the Parliament session is expected to commence from July 17. Since he is an MP and a senior citizen, the ban imposed on him would result in a lot of difficulties.