After IndiGo banned him from boarding its planes for three weeks, senior CPI(M) leader and Kerala’s ruling Left Democratic Front convener E P Jayarajan on Monday said “it (IndiGo) is a dirty and sub-standard airline. I would go walking rather than travelling by their aircraft”.
The IndiGo action against Jayarajan came over a month after his alleged unruly behaviour on a flight. On June 13, Jayarajan and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan travelled by a IndiGo flight from Kannur to Thiruvananthapuram, when Youth Congress (YC) workers staged an in-flight protest against the CM over the fresh allegations against him in connection with a gold smuggling case.
At Thiruvananthapuram, Jayarajan was seen pushing the protesting YC workers, who were later arrested by police. Besides Jayarajan, IndiGo also banned YC workers Farzeen Majeed and Naveen Kumar from flying for two weeks.
Sources said the ban was imposed on Jayarajan and the YC workers by the airline’s three-member internal committee formed under the DGCA rules on unruly passengers. As per the order dated July 16, the trio cannot travel by IndiGo to/from within/outside the country for the prescribed period.
In response to the ban, Jayarajan said, “I think, they (IndiGo) do not know who I am. The airline could not prevent the criminals (YC workers) from travelling when CM Vijayan, who has Z-plus category security, was on board. The airline should not have issued tickets to these criminals. They could not reach the CM because of me. In fact, the company should have given me an award for preventing the criminals. The ban on me is against civil aviation rules. Hereafter, I would never fly by IndiGo planes. It is a dirty company. sub-standard one. ..”