Kunal Kamra (Photo Credit: File Photo)
Comedian Kunal Kamra who was banned from flying with IndiGo for six months for allegedly heckling journalist Arnab Goswami has sent a legal notice to the domestic air travel provider. The legal notice asks for revoking the suspension with immediate effect and ‘tender an unconditional apology’ towards him in all leading newspapers, electronic media and all the social media platforms operated by the airline along with a compensation of Rs 25 lakh.
IndiGo banned Kamra on Tuesday after he posted a video questioning Arnab on a flight they both were onboard. After IndiGo, three other airlines – Air India, SpiceJet. GoAir – also banned him from travelling on their flights “until further notice”.
Comedian Kunal Kamra has sent a legal notice to IndiGo Airlines, against IndiGo suspending him from flying with it for 6 months; Kamra has demanded Rs 25 lakhs as compensation and has asked IndiGo to revoke suspension with immediate effect&tender unconditional apology pic.twitter.com/bctCIT3Ziv— ANI (@ANI) February 1, 2020
The notice also sought a compensation of Rs 25 lakh for the “mental pain and agony” suffered by Kamra as well as the losses incurred due to the cancellation of the comedian’s scheduled events in the country and overseas. It asked for action against the officials who had imposed a ban on him flying with the airline. The notice further called the airline firm’s decision to ban him ‘Illega;’, ‘arbitary’ and ‘High handed procedure which is against the extant DGCA CAR’
Meanwhile, the pilot-in-command of the IndiGo flight in which the incident in question happened has asked airline's management why he was not consulted before the carrier took action against the comedian. Kamra was banned from flying with IndiGo for six months after he posted a video of the incident on social media.
The pilot told IndiGo management that he was "disheartened" to learn the carrier took action against the comedian without consulting him and solely on the basis of social media posts. Aviation regulator DGCA on Wednesday said the action by the carriers is in complete consonance with its regulations and the matter is to be referred to the internal committee who will give the final decision in 30 days by giving the reasons in writing, which shall be binding on the airline concerned.