IndiGo, Air India bar JC Diwakar Reddy

IndiGo, Air India bar JC Diwakar Reddy
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Telugu Desam Party MP J C Diwakar Reddy, who damaged airport property and created a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport on Thursday morning after being denied a boarding pass for arriving late, has been banned by IndiGo and Air India. 

Visakhapatnam: Telugu Desam Party MP J C Diwakar Reddy, who damaged airport property and created a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport on Thursday morning after being denied a boarding pass for arriving late, has been banned by IndiGo and Air India.

IndiGo will not allow Reddy on its flights, a top airline official said.IndiGo said Reddy was supposed to board a flight from Visakhapatnam to Hyderabad at 8:10 am, but he reached only 28 minutes before the scheduled departure. According to aviation regulator norms, check-in counters for all domestic flights are supposed to close 45 minutes before departure.

Reddy, 73, was accommodated on the same flight after he allegedly threw a fit of rage and also broke a printer meant to issue boarding passes by the airline. Diwakar Reddy is a Lok Saha MP from Anantapur constituency.

However, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who was also present at the airport at the time, says the lawmaker had arrived at the airport on time. Reddy and Raju are from the same party, TDP.

The incident comes just months after another parliamentarian, Shiv Sena's Ravindra Gaikwad had beaten up a 63-year-old Air India manager and bragged about it. The incident had prompted several airlines to ban him from flying till he eventually apologized.

The outrage over the assault had led the Civil Aviation Minister to announce rules to ban unruly passengers from flying. This isn't the first time that Reddy - whose son-in-law Deepak Reddy was arrested last week in a multi-crore land scam in Hyderabad - faces allegations of misbehaving with airline staffers.

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