On Wednesday Indigo Budget passenger carrier said that it has decided to quash the ban on ferrying TDP MP J.C. Diwakar Reddy. The Hyderabad high court issued urgent notices to respondents on Tuesday on a petition filed by TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy. Some of the domestic airlines have imposed the flying ban on him. Almost all domestic airlines have banned the TDP lawmaker from flying in their planes following his alleged unruly behaviour with IndiGo staff at the Visakhapatnam airport on 15 June.
“Senior IndiGo officials today met Honourable Member of Parliament Diwakar Reddy, at a lunch hosted by senior Member of Parliament Y.S. Chaudhary, to resolve the issue of Honourable Member Diwakar Reddy’s ban on IndiGo flights,” the airline said in a statement. “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 airline added that it has informed the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) about its decision.
As of June 16, all the major seven domestic airlines such as Air Asia India, Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet, GoAir, Vistara and Air Asia India had barred the TDP MP from their flights. It was alleged that Diwakar Reddy on June 15 created ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport after he was denied a boarding pass for an IndiGo flight as he had not shown up in time. The Telugu Desam Party lawmaker from Anantapur was also said to have damaged a printer and misbehaved with IndiGo staff.
The MP had apparently reported at the check-in counter 28 minutes before the scheduled departure of the flight against the regulation of 45 minutes. As the airline staff told him they could not issue him a boarding pass, he got angry and entered into a heated argument with them.