BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Kunal Kamra’s airline ban has been reduced to three months by Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday. The regulator told Delhi High Court Justice Navin Chawla that the airline’s internal committee had passed the order.
Kamra was banned from flying four airlines on January 28 after he posted a video on Twitter which became a controversy overnight. In the video, he was seen asking question to television anchor Arnab Goswami on a Mumbai-Lucknow flight.
After the video got viral, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri asked for ban on Kamra on Twitter. “Offensive behaviour designed to provoke & create disturbance inside an aircraft is absolutely unacceptable and endangers safety of air travelers. We are left with no option but to advise other airlines to impose similar restrictions on the person concerned,” he posted.
IndiGo specified a six-month period while other airlines — Air India, Spicejet and GoAir — imposed an indefinite ban on him and tagged the minister 0n Twitter.
Kamra had approached the aviation regulator against the flight ban, asserting that the airline hadn’t gone by the rulebook in his case. Kamra in his plea had claimed that the other airlines banned him for an indefinite period without even setting up an internal committee to inquire into the issue.
After the court was informed about the decision to reduce the duration of the flight ban, the judge disposed of Kunal Kamra’s petition but gave him the right to come back with a fresh plea if the regulator doesn’t take a call on his representation within the next two months.