New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to entertain stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra’s plea challenging the flying ban imposed on him by IndiGo, Vistara and other domestic airlines stating that such behaviour “cannot be permitted”. Also Read - Cyclone Tauktae: Vistara, IndiGo Issue Travel Advisory, Say Flights Likely to be Affected | Details
Notably, on Friday, Air Vistara became the latest airline to blacklist the comedian till April 27. “Based on the order passed by an internal committee constituted by InterGlobe Aviation Ltd. in compliance with the respective CAR (civil aviation rules) and following due process, we have placed the passenger on our no-fly list until April 27, 2020,” said the statement released by Vistara. Also Read - Amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases, Vistara Offers to Fly Govt Doctors and Nurses Free of Cost
Reacting to the ban, Kamra tweeted, ““Air Vistara has also banned me now till the 27th April, following orders like they show… at a time where no one can fly, all I want to say is, neither am I sorry nor am I surprised, nor am I suffering.” Also Read - IndiGo Waives Off Change Fees on Domestic Bookings Till THIS DATE | Details
Hearing his petition challenging the same, Justice Naveen Chawla disapproved of Kamra’s behaviour on the flight and said it was not going to entertain the matter as multiple causes of action had been raised in the matter. The Delhi HC also declined Kamra’s oral plea for an interim direction permitting him to fly on any of the airlines.
After the court made it clear it was not going to entertain the matter, Kamra’s lawyers sought permission to withdraw the plea and approach the appellate authority against the ban by Indigo.
Comedian Kunal Kamra was put on the no-fly list by domestic carrier IndiGo after he released a video shot on an Mumbai-Lucknow flight on January 28 in which he was seen “heckling” senior journalist Arnab Goswami. Subsequently, he was banned from flying on Vistara, Air India as well as SpiceJet.