Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien on Thursday said that airlines have no authority to impose flying ban on anyone, including parliamentarians, adding that the law of the land should take its course.

“Airlines are not given the authority to punish anybody. I think the government should take note of it. MPs are also citizens … if they commit a crime or mistake, the law of the land should take recourse to it,” the Deputy Chairman said.

On Wednesday, Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal had raised the issue of flying ban issue in the Rajya Sabha. He said that such a decision was a breach of privilege of the Members of Parliament.

This comes after Indigo and all other domestic airlines lifted the flying ban imposed on Telugu Desam Party MP JC Diwakar Reddy after he expressed regret over an incident of unruly behaviour committed last month.

“The issue is amicably resolved between the two and IndiGo has decided to lift the said ban with immediate effect and Reddy is withdrawing the case he has filed,” the airline said in a statement.

In a similar incident in March, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was accused of assaulting an Air India staffer, following which several airlines banned him from flying on their planes till he apologised.

Following the Gaikwad incident, the Civil Aviation Ministry released the draft rules for a national ‘no-fly list’ that would ban unruly passengers from domestic air travel.

Under the proposed rules, airlines can impose a travel ban on an unruly passenger in the time range of three months to two years or beyond depending upon the level of misbehaviour.

(With IANS inputs)

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