Indian airlines bar lawmaker in airport rage case

2017-06-17 08:36


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New Delhi - Indian airlines on Friday barred a lawmaker from their flights for unruly behaviour in the second case in three months against a top politician accused of abusing staff.

JC Diwakar Reddy, from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, allegedly pushed IndiGo airline staff and used abusive language at Visakhapatnam airport after he was too late to board a flight.

Civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, a lawmaker from Reddy's regional Telegu Desam Party, ordered an inquiry into the incident.

Raju said on Twitter he would "find out the exact details and ensure that lawful outcomes follow".

IndiGo, Air India, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and two budget airlines have already barred Reddy from their flights, Press Trust of India news agency said.

India airlines in March acted against Ravindra Gaikwad, a hotheaded lawmaker from Maharashtra state, after he repeatedly hit a 60-year-old steward with his sandal in a row over a plane seat.

Gaikwad finally expressed remorse over the incident in parliament and his flying ban was revoked.

Last year a lawmaker was arrested on charges of assaulting an airline official after he and his family were prevented from boarding a flight because the gate had closed.

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