Wednesday, March 06, 2019

HC revokes suspension of Visakhapatnam airport hotel's licence

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh high court on Tuesday suspended for two weeks the orders of Airports Authority of India (AAI) that terminated the licence of a Visakhapatnam airport restaurant. This restaurant, M/s Fusion Food and Hotels Pvt Ltd, came into public focus ever since its employee J Srinivas attacked YSR Congress Party President and AP's opposition leader Y S Jaganmohan Reddy with a knife on October 25, 2018 at the VIP lounge of Visakhapatnam airport.

The case is currently being investigated by National Investigation Agency (NIA). Contending that the image of the airport was tarnished on account of the conduct of the hotel employee and hence the hotel should stand accountable for the actions of its staff, the bureau of the civil aviation security called for an explanation from the hotel management for its failure in maintaining standards.

The hotel claimed that the knife carried by the accused is not the property of the hotel. "How the accused brought that weapon into the airport is a question that should be answered by airport director who is in charge of the security of the airport," the hotel management contended. The hotel counsel argued that though they have given their explanation to the notice issued by the authorities, they have stopped issuing entry passes to their staff to enter the airport. "After a gap of 45 days, only 15 passes are granted to our staff whose total strength is 45," T Harshavardhan Prasad, the hotel owner said.
06/03/19 Sagar Kumar Mutha/Times of India