Kunal Kamra sends legal notice to IndiGo airlines; demands public apology, Rs 25 lakhs compensation, revocation of ban

Stand-up Kunal Kamra, who was banned from with for six months amid recent controversies, has sent a legal notice to the airlines demanding a and an amount of Rs 25 lakh for “causing mental and agony”, as well as the revocation of the .

On Tuesday, IndiGo airlines had suspended the comedian from flying with the airlines for six months following his ‘unacceptable behaviour’ onboard the . This came after Kamra had posted a on on Tuesday, which shortly went . In the video, it could be heard that the comedian was throwing a of questions at an of a broadcast , Arnab Goswami, inside an IndiGo airlines flight. The comedian was also heard making several comments regarding the anchor’s journalistic .

IndiGo airlines had also tagged the Ministry of and Union of Hardeep Singh Puri in the post where it informed of the ban.

@MoCA_GoI @HardeepSPuri In of the recent incident on board 6E 5317 from to Lucknow, we wish to inform that we are suspending Mr. Kunal Kamra from flying with IndiGo for a period of six months, as his conduct onboard was unacceptable behaviour. 1/2

— IndiGo (@IndiGo6E)

Union Minister Hardeep Puri also called Kunal Kamra’s behaviour “offensive” and “designed to provoke and create disturbance inside an ”. It is “unacceptable and endangers the of air travellers,” he said. Following the precedent set by Indigo; , SpiceJet, and GoAir airlines, too, had on Wednesday suspended stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra from flying with the airlines until further notice.

, several later pointed out the reported inconsistency in the ’s actions. It has been highlighted that, according to the of Civil (DGCA) guidelines, the normal procedure regarding any complaint dictates that an internal committee be formed by the airlines within 30 days to probe the complaint. Moreover, the committee’s decision can later be challenged in an appellate body of the Ministry of Civil and a . Without following any of these procedures, a direct ban of six months seems somewhat arbitrary, critics have pointed out.

Moreover, DGCA guidelines three categories of passengers who are prevented from flying. The category which matches Kamra’s alleged actions – “disruptive behaviour” – only carries a three-month ban. The two which are unlikely to the comedian’s actions – “physically abusive behaviour” and “endangering aircraft and passengers” – carry six-months and two-years bans respectively. 

Moreover, the who was operating the flight has now pitched in his on the matter. The has penned a letter to the airlines expressing his concerns over the airlines taking action ‘without consulting the -in-Command’.

In the letter that the pilot of the aircraft has now penned to the airlines, he stated that he did not observe any physical contact between the two individuals involved in the controversy. Moreover, he said that he had noticed Kamra was gesticulating to Goswami, who was unresponsive.

“I did not observe any physical contact between the two gentlemen at any point. I made a Passenger Address to the cabin asking the gentleman in the passenger aisle near Row 1 to return to his seat,” the pilot expressed in his letter.

The pilot further penned that even though Kamra’s behaviour was unacceptable and verbally abusive, he had complied with the instructions of the flight crew.



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