New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered low cost airline SpiceJet to pay Rs 10 lakh in compensation to activist Jeeja Ghosh, a patient of cerebral palsy, for offloading her in February 2012.
The apex court said that the act by the budget airline caused the passenger physical and mental suffering. Ghosh was offloaded from a SpiceJet flight from Kolkata to Goa.
46-year old Ghosh is a teacher at the Indian Institute of Cerebral Palsy in Kolkata and has travelled in the past. Even though she has a record of flying solo in the past, the pilot had deemed her unfit to fly, resulting in a decision to offload her from the aircraft.
The airline had, in 2012, issued a statement apologising for the inconvenience caused to her.
SpiceJet has been ordered to pay the passenger within two months.