Airlines can’t be allowed to ban fliers: Kurien

Several airlines, which had recently imposed a flight ban on TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy, who had thrown a printer at the Vizag airport counter on June 15, lifted the ban Wednesday.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Published: July 21, 2017 6:17 am
Vinay Katiyar,  Naresh Agrawal, Airline ban, Flight ban, P J Kurien, Monsoon session, parliament, Rajya sabha, latest news, indian express Vinay Katiyar with Naresh Agrawal (right), who raised the flight ban issue. (Express/Anil Sharma)

Airlines have no authority to impose a flight ban on anybody, including parliamentarians, and the law of the land should take its course, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman P J Kurien said Thursday. The remarks came after SP member Naresh Agrawal raised the issue of a recent flight ban imposed on an MP by major domestic airlines, including state-owned Air India. Agrawal wanted to know if the airlines could impose such restrictions. According to him, such an action was a breach of privilege of MPs.

Several airlines, which had recently imposed a flight ban on TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy, who had thrown a printer at the Vizag airport counter on June 15, lifted the ban Wednesday. In March, Shiv Sena’s Ravindra Gaikwad had been banned for a fortnight from flying on domestic airlines after reportedly hitting an Air-India officer.

Kurien agreed that Agrawal had raised a “valid point” that if any MP has committed a crime or something against the law, the law of the land should take its course. “Airlines are not given the authority to punish anybody. I think the government should take note of it,” he said. “MPs are also citizens… if they commit a crime or mistake, the law of the land should take recourse to it,” the deputy chairman said. “It is a punishment imposed on an MP for some crime… This cannot be done. This is not a thing to be punished by airlines.”

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    Batu Dutt
    Jul 21, 2017 at 8:00 am
    Our Parliamentarians are supposed to set a model and ideal to reflect decency and propriety. If they violate this expected norm, they should be brought to the House and dealt by the Parliamentarian committee. Just because they have been voted in does not exonerate them from observing decency. If their fellow Members wish otherwise, they should be tried as a common offender and properly dealt with by the Police and local Magistrate.
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