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IndiGo, Air India lift ban on TDP MP Diwakar Reddy

Hyderabad: Telugu Desam Party MP, Diwakar Reddy had made headlines for behaving aggressively with the indiGo ground staff on June 15, post that a flying ban was put on him last month by the airlines. However, Air India, Indigo, and Spicejet have today lifted the flying ban.

“The issue is amicably resolved and IndiGo has decided to lift the said ban with immediate effect. Mr Reddy is withdrawing the case he has filed,” an IndiGo spokesperson said.

A petition was filed by Reddy with High Court, where he had challenged the ban. The Hyderabad court issued notices to several airlines, the ministry of civil aviation, aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) based on Reddy’s petition, reports DH.

The decision was taken by IndiGo followed by a meeting between its officials and Reddy today, which was mediated by MP YS Chaudhary. After that, Air India also came forward and decided to remove the ban.
SpiceJet spokesperson too said, “We have lifted the ban”.

Jet Airways, Vistara, Air Asia and GoAir also had banned Reddy. They are likely to review their decision after today’s ban lift on him by IndiGo.

Reddy had not only assaulted IndiGo ground staff at Visakhapatnam airport on June 15 but also threw a printer kept at the airline’s counter after he was informed that boarding for his flight to Hyderabad had closed as he was late.
Soon after IndiGo announced its decision to not fly the MP, the other airlines had followed the suit.