Saturday, June 17, 2017

Who helped TDP MP Diwakar Reddy fly? Centre seeks report

New Delhi: The civil aviation ministry has sought a report from the Visakhapatnam airport director on how TDP MP Diwakar Reddy managed to fly on IndiGo's Visakhapatnam-Hyderabad flight 6E 608 on Thursday despite being denied permission to board the aircraft. Aviation secretary RN Choubey confirmed this on Friday.
While officials admit that "someone helped" Reddy, no one is willing to comment till the report is out. IndiGo, too, did not comment on why it was forced to fly Reddy.
Aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who was at the airport when Reddy went on the rampage after being denied boarding pass initially, said on Friday that he did not intervene to help his fellow TDP parliamentarian get on the IndiGo flight. Raju tweeted, "There was no such intervention...I will get the entire incident at Vizag airport enquired into to find out the exact details and ensure that lawful outcomes follow."
According to IndiGo officials, Reddy had arrived at Vizag airport 28 minutes before the flight was set for departure. Since check-in for flights closes 45 minutes before a flight takes off, the TDP parliamentarian was denied boarding permission. This led to him going on the rampage in the airport.
Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapati Raju was also at the airport when the ruckus was on. Reddy claimed that he had spoken to Raju and had sought his help. What happened is not clear, but Reddy eventually took the flight to Hyderabad, that he was initially stopped from boarding.
17/06/17 Times of India