The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reprimanded Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for certifying action of airlines other than Indigo, which imposed an indefinite flying ban without an inquiry on stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra for heckling journalist Arnab Goswami on a flight.
In his petition, Kunal Kamra said he was banned by IndiGo for a six-month period before its internal committee even arrived at a decision while other airlines, Air India, Spicejet, and GoAir, imposed an indefinite ban on him.
The comedian, represented by senior advocates Vivek Tankha, Gopal Sankaranarayanan and Mohit Mathur, has moved the high court seeking directions to DGCA to direct the airlines to revoke the ban. He has also sought action against the airlines for taking the action in alleged violation of Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR).
Justice Navin Chawla asked the DGCA to take instructions on what steps it intends to take regarding the action by the other airlines and listed the matter for hearing on February 27. Kunal Kamra has also sought directions to the DGCA to expeditiously decide his representation to take action against the airlines.
Last month, Kamra while travelling on a Mumbai-Lucknow IndiGo flight, provoked TV news anchor Arnab Goswami by asking questions over his news presentation style, imitating his own reporters who have been infamous for heckling people in the name of reporting.
I did this for my hero…
I did it for Rohit pic.twitter.com/aMSdiTanHo
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) January 28, 2020
The Mumbai-based comedian who is known for being critical of government polices, posted a video of him confronting the editor-in-chief of Republic channel while on the flight.