Screenshot of Diwakar Reddy assaulting IndiGo staff
Screenshot of Diwakar Reddy assaulting IndiGo staff

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Airlines Ground TDP MP Diwakar Reddy For Vizag Behaviour

Written By Abhishek Nair | Mumbai | Published:

A day after IndiGo and Air India barred Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP J.C. Diwakar Reddy from travelling on their flights for the ruckus he created at Vizag Airport, fellow airlines Spicejet, GoAir, Jet Airways and Air Vistara have followed suit. 
IndiGo approached the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA) to ban Reddy from Jet Airways, Go Airlines, Spicejet and other members of the FIA.

Meanwhile, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who also hails from the TDP, issued a tweet saying he'd initiate an inquiry into the incident and take appropriate action.

 On Thursday, Reddy had rebuffed the charges of him creating ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport and said he did not misbehave with any official of IndiGo.

 The TDP MP said that there were a number of people standing at the counter when he reached the airport, who had not been granted the boarding pass.
Meanwhile, confirming the reports of the ruckus created by Reddy, the IndiGo Airlines said that the former raged against the staff and behaved aggressively.
Meanwhile, IndiGo in its letter stated that the MP delayed the flight by 28 minutes prior to the scheduled departure. The national carrier also stated that it will take necessary action to address the violation.

Reddy had arrived late at the airport and demanded a boarding pass after the staff had closed the counter as the deadline had ended. He was later provided a boarding pass. He was flying from Vizag to Hyderabad from flight no: 6E 608.
Reportedly, some property in the Indigo office was broken and the staff was also manhandled. The Visakhapatnam airport director refused the same and said it was just an argument which was sorted out soon.
Reddy had repeated this same behaviour in October last year at the Vijayawada Airport when he had arrived late to catch an Air India flight. He had resorted to vandalism and an argument.
Reddy is the second MP after Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad who was banned from flying by the airlines.
On March 23, the Air India registered two FIRs against Gaikwad for hitting an Air India staffer with his slipper over sitting issue and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes