Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju , also from Telugu Desam Party, said that there was no need for a probe into the fly ban on fellow party MP Diwakar Reddy due to CCTV evidence, for his alleged unruly behaviour after he was denied entry on a flight.
“What are you going to probe? The CCTV cameras have it… There are no separate regulations for different classes of people. The safety regulations are the same for all classes including me,” Raju told reporters.
“DGCA has issued a safety regulation that people are expected to report 45 minutes before. Notwithstanding anything, he (Reddy) has not done it. It is clear from the CCTV cameras. So that’s it,” the minister added.
Furthermore, all major domestic airlines have banned Telugu Desam Patry MP Diwakar Reddy from flights citing “unruly behaviour” after he was denied boarding for being late.
However, on Friday night, the MP and a 12-member family contingent flew out to Paris on an Emirates flight, via Dubai, on a personal 10-day trip.
Reddy allegedly created ruckus at Vizag airport yesterday after being denied boarding by IndiGo as he was late.
Earlier on Friday, Raju said he would get the entire incident “enquired into” and would ensure that “lawful outcomes” follow.
“I will get the entire incident at Vizag airport enquired into to find out the exact details and ensure that lawful outcomes follow,” he said in a tweet.
Following Thursday’s incident, all major airlines — IndiGo, Air India, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, Vistara and AirAsia India — have barred Reddy from taking their flights.
“(I have) nothing to say. I don’t want to speak anything” Reddy told reporters at Hyderabad today, with folded hands, when asked if he was apologetic over his actions.
He is a Lok Sabha member from Anantapur. Reddy — who had allegedly vandalised the Air India office at Gannavaram airport in Vijayawada last year after he missed his flight — got into a verbal spat with the ground staff and threw a printer kept at the airline’s counter after he was informed that boarding for his flight had closed.
He was finally accommodated on the same flight. The civil aviation minister also denied a media report that he had intervened to ensure Reddy was allowed to board the IndiGo flight and said there was “no such intervention”.
To reporters’ query on whether he helped Reddy, Raju said, “He (Reddy) came and told me that I have been waiting for one hour. I have been denied boarding. I said we have a third umpire called the CCTV cameras and we don’t have to take anybody’s words for it.
The CCTV camera showed what the situation was and I asked the airport director to verify from the CCTV cameras.”
Following the Gaikwad incident, the government framed draft rules for a national no-fly list for unruly passengers and proposed a flying ban on such persons that can range from three months to an indefinite period. The government is expected to finalise these rules shortly.