Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra heckled news anchor Arnab Goswami on board an IndiGo flight, has been banned onboarding several airlines. Kunal Kamra posted a video of the same, on Twitter and captioning it as,” I did this for my hero. I did it for Rohit.” The reference is made to Rohith Vemula, a PhD student at the University of Hyderabad. Vemula, an oppressed minority in India’s hierarchical and discriminatory caste system, took his own life in 2015 after his monthly stipend was withheld by the university. On January 28, a few moments after Kamra’s video became viral, a 6-month ban was imposed on him by IndiGo, “as his conduct on board was unacceptable behaviour.”
Union Minister for Civil Aviation Hardeep Singh Puri, then tweeted that other airlines should also follow their step, and GoAir banned him ’till further notice’, SpiceJet banned him for six months and Air India said that Kunal Kamra would not be allowed on its flights immediately. So, why Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra heckled news anchor Arnab Goswami on board an IndiGo flight? Also, has been banned onboarding several airlines.
Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra heckled news anchor Arnab Goswami on board an IndiGo flight, has been banned onboarding several airlines.
Kunal Kamra sends legal notice to IndiGo:
The comedian, sent a legal notice to Indigo, demanding unconditioned apology and Rs. 25 lakh compensation.
In the legal notice sent by Kamra’s lawyer, he asked the airline to “pay compensation towards my client in sum of Rs. 25 lakhs on account of the mental pain and agony suffered by my client as well as losses incurred on account of cancellation of his scheduled shows and programs in India as well as abroad on account of adoption of a totally illegal, arbitrary and high-handed procedure which is against the extant DGCA CAR (regulations). An IndiGo statement in response to this said that” The company will duly respond to any legal notice that it gets in relation to this matter.”
While aviation regulator DGCA had said that the action by the four carriers is in “complete consonance” with its regulations, the pilot-in-command of the flight had told the IndiGo management that Kamra’s actions, though “unsavoury” was not “unruly”. Kamra has given a week’s notice to the airlines to respond to the legal notice.
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In the legal notice, Kamra’s lawyer stated that Goswami – against whom Kamra’s “exchanges” were directed had neither made any complaint nor requested the cabin members to intervene at any point of time during the flight.
Kamra first came to know about the ban through the airline’s post on Twitter. “It was only subsequently the next day at 9:38 am that my client received an email from your consumer relations team officially intimating him about the six-month ban”, said Kamra’s lawyer, Prashant Sivaranjan. Thus, stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra heckled news anchor Arnab Goswami on board an IndiGo flight, has been banned onboarding several airlines.
As per the 2017 rules of aviation regulator DGCA, if a passenger engages in any unruly behaviour, the pilot-in-command has to file a complaint against the passenger and only then an internal committee can probe the matter and take actions based on its investigation. However, the pilot-in-command has not made any complaint against him, and therefore, per regulations, no action can be initiated against him.
Vistara comes to Kunal’s rescue: After the ban by the four airlines, Kamra has finally taken off, all thanks to Vistara. After the four airlines banned Kamra, Vistara and Air Asia refused to ban Kamra without proper inquiry into the matter following the aviation laws.
Kamra took to twitter to post a picture of him, captioning,” My airport look all thanks to Vistara following due process.”
In 2017, the government of India decided to set up a no-fly list. However, in such a case, rules say that the pilot of the aircraft has to file a complaint with the airline. With this case, however, Kamra was banned without due process.
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