VISAKHAPATNAM:JC Diwakar Reddy, the Telugu Desam Party lawmaker who created a ruckus at the Visakhapatnam airport on Thursday after being denied a boarding pass for arriving late by IndiGo, refused to apologise for his behaviour.
All domestic airlines have today imposed a flying ban on the parliamentarian for abusive behaviour.
“I will get the entire incident at Vizag Airport enquired into to find out the exact details and ensure that lawful outcomes follow,” Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju tweeted.
He is the second lawmaker to be grounded in three months; Shiv Sena’s Ravindra Gaikwad who allegedly assaulted an Air India official was the first. The Gaikwad incident had prompted the government to come up with a no-fly list to bar abusive passengers. But Mr Reddy said there was no reason for him to say sorry.
“I never abused… never slapped anyone… There is no need at all for me (to say sorry). There is no sorry at all,” Mr Reddy, 73, told NDTV, denying that he had lost his temper or assaulted anyone at the airport. Instead, he accused private airlines of fleecing passengers.