Kunal Kamra sends legal notice to IndiGo, demands Rs 25 lakh compensation over travel ban
Stand up comedian Kunal Kamra has issued a legal notice to IndiGo airline and demanded Rs 25 lakh compensation for suspending him from flying with the airlines for six months.
Several airlines including IndiGo, Air India and SpiceJet had suspended Stand-up Kamra from flying by the airlines after he allegedly heckled a journalist aboard a Mumbai-Lucknow plane of the private airline.
The airlines have put bans on the Comedian after he heckled the journalist inside an IndiGo flight. While IndiGo suspended Kamra from flying with it for a period of six months, Air India banned him until further notice.
Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri took notice of the incident and ‘advised’ other airlines in India to impose similar restrictions on Kamra, stating "offensive behaviour designed to provoke & create disturbance inside an aircraft is absolutely unacceptable & endangers the safety of air travellers”. Following the minister's remarks, Vistara said it will “review and follow due process in such cases”.
According to reports, Kamra allegedly heckled the journalist on IndiGo’s Mumbai-Lucknow (6E5317) flight on Tuesday.
“In light of the recent incident on board 6E 5317 from Mumbai 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,” IndiGo tweeted in the evening.
“Hereby, we wish to advise our passengers to refrain from indulging in personal slander whilst onboard, as this can potentially compromise the safety of fellow passengers,” it added.
In a video clip posted by Kamra on his Twitter handle, he is seen asking the senior scribe if he is a 'coward or a journalist'.
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