New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Thursday informed the Delhi High Court that Indigo Airlines’ six-month ban on comedian Kunal Kamra has been halved to three months. The aviation body’s response two days after the court pulled it up for approving the ban by airlines on Kamra, other than IndiGo. Also Read - Air India Mistakes Kunal Kamra From Boston For Comedian, Cancels His Flight
Three airlines-Air India, SpiceJet and GoAir-had put him on no-fly list ‘until further orders,’ but without any inquiry, after IndiGo put him on the no-fly list for six months after the comedian heckled senior journalist Arnab Goswami onboard a Mumbai-Lucknow flight on January 28. Also Read - Anurag Kashyap Supports Comedian Kunal Kamra, Refuses to Fly in IndiGo
Kamra had approached the DGCA against the ban by IndiGo, asserting that the airline hadn’t gone by the rulebook while taking the decision to ban him. In fact, the captain of the flight, on which the altercation happened, while accepting that Kamra’s behaviour was indeed ‘unsavoury,’ said that he did not qualify as a ‘level-one unruly passenger.‘ Also Read - IndiGo vs Kunal Kamra: Banned by Four Airlines, Comedian Flies Out of Mumbai With Vistara
The pilot also expressed unhappiness about not being consulted with regards to the said action against Kamra.
Kamra had moved the High Court seeking directions to the DGCA to direct the airlines to revoke the ban on the ground that it cannot be imposed without a complaint, as required under the Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR).
In today’s hearing, the court directed the DGCA to decide on Kamra’s representation within eight weeks but also gave him the right to file a fresh plea if no decision on his representation is taken within the said period.