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TDP MP Diwakar Reddy, banned by six airlines for unruly behavior

Diwakar Reddy

Visakhapatnam: C Diwakar Reddy, the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) lawmaker who created a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport on Thursday after being denied a boarding pass for arriving late by IndiGo, refused to apologise for his behaviour.

All domestic airlines have today imposed a flying ban on the parliamentarian for abusive behaviour.

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Friday said he would get the entire incident “enquired into” and will ensure “lawful outcomes” follow.

In a statement Indigo airline 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.

A CCTV footage of the incident shows Reddy, who is from the same party as the Civil Aviation Minister Gajapathy Raju, arguing with airline officials, picking up a printer and then slamming it on the check-in desk, rushing behind a senior airline official and pushing him.

He is the second lawmaker to be grounded in three months; Shiv Sena’s Ravindra Gaikwad who allegedly assaulted an Air India official was the first.

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