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Flying ban on Kamra reduced to three months, IndiGo tells Delhi High Court

March 04, 2020


Standup comedian Kunal Kamra. (File photo: HT)

1 min read . 28 Feb 2020
Prathma Sharma

  • Delhi HC disposes the petition filed by Kamra with a direction to the DGCA to decide his representation within 8 weeks
  • Kamra was banned from flying after he heckled journalist Arnab Goswami on an IndiGo flight

Kunal Kamra     |      Arnab Goswami

NEW DELHI : India’s largest airline IndiGo on Thursday told the Delhi high court that stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra’s six-month flying ban for heckling journalist Arnab Goswami during a flight has been reduced to three months.

Indigo’s internal committee, which examined the incident, decided to reduce the ban earlier in the day, Kamra’s lawyer Prashant Sivarajan, partner at Lawmen &White, said in an interview. A directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) official confirmed the development, requesting anonymity.

The high court, however, asked the DGCA to consider Kamra’s representation and whether the ban was in violation of civil aviation requirements (CAR)—guidelines for the domestic aviation sector—within eight weeks.

“As such, the DGCA has a further eight weeks to decide, which would more or less cover the entire period of the 3 months’ duration of the ban. It needs to be seen how soon the DGCA takes up the issue and decide on the representation of Kamra. The representation would itself become infructuous if the entire period of eight weeks is utilised without any adjudication," said Simranjeet Singh, partner at Athena Legal.

Kamra on Tuesday moved the Delhi High Court challenging the flying ban against him by four airlines. The comedian had sought action against the airlines, and sought directions to the DGCA to expeditiously decide his representation to take action against the airlines.

PTI contributed to this story.