Thursday, March 12, 2020

Kamra case: Puri says no communication by govt with airlines before they imposed restrictions

New Delhi: The civil aviation ministry on Thursday said no communication was made with IndiGo and Air India before any restriction was imposed by them on stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra.
On January 28, Kamra was banned by IndiGo from flying with the airline for six months for allegedly heckling a private TV news anchor. The ban period was later reduced to three months,

"No communication was made by the government with the airlines before any restriction was imposed on the passenger referred to in the question," Minister of State for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

He was responding to a query by Trinamool Congress lawmaker Prasun Banerjee seeking details of communication the government had with IndiGo/ Air India before restrictions were imposed on a comedian recently. The member and the minister did not specifically mention the name of Kamra.

Soon after IndiGo announced travel curbs on Kamra, Puri had tweeted, "Offensive behaviour designed to provoke & create disturbance inside an aircraft is absolutely unacceptable & endangers safety of air travellers.

"We are left with no option but to advise other airlines to impose similar restrictions on the person concerned".
12/03/20 PTI/Outlook
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