Comedian Kunal Kamra (Photo Credit: Instagram)
Virtara Airlines on Friday banned stand-up comedian Kunal Karma for heckling senior television journalist and Republic Media Network's Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami on an Indigo flight in the month of January. Kamra was also grounded by four other airlines. Reacting to the latest development development, Kunal Kamra took to Twitter and wrote, "Air vistara has also banned me now till the 27th April, following orders like they show... at a time where no one can fly, all I want to say is, neither am I sorry nor am I surprised, nor am I suffering." The stand-up comic was banned by multiple airlines in late January following a directive by a union minister that triggered a huge controversy.
The Indigo airlines internal panel, earlier, decided to reduce the flying ban to three months. The reduction in ban period was informed by Indigo to the Delhi High Court on Thursday. Reacting to the decision, Kunal Kamra said that he was neither sorry nor regretful of his actions. "... I have no comment to offer on IndiGo banning me for 3 months instead of the 6 months now," Kamra said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
In a statement, IndiGo said the airline’s internal committee after hearing both parties passed an order.
Pursuant to the order, Kamra has been suspended from flying for a period of three months. “IndiGo will comply with the order of the iternal committee,” it added. “I trust the IndiGo pilot’s e mail & social media has helped explain why I did what I did. All I’d like to say is that I am neither sorry nor regretful of my actions,” Kamra said in the post. IndiGo had last month suspended Kamra from flying with the private airline for six months, after he allegedly heckled journalist Arnab Goswami aboard one of its planes.
Kamra thereafter approached the Delhi High Court against his suspension
(With agency inputs)