Grounded by domestic airlines, TDP MP Diwakar Reddy flies to Europe on vacation
After being banned by all domestic airlines from flying over his alleged unruly behaviour at the Visakhapatnam airport, TDP MP J C Diwakar Reddy on Friday night flew to Europe as part of his annual family vacation.
J C Prabhakar Reddy, brother of the Anantapur MP, said that the tour was planned well in advance and added that the family goes on such vacation every year.
"He and his family left for vacation last night. I was also supposed to go along with them. But I could not go due to personal work. What is wrong in his foreign tour? He got his visa long ago. It was not planned yesterday," Prabhakar, a TDP MLA from Anantapur said.
He, however, did not disclose the holiday destination as well as the airline his brother took for the overseas trip.
Though the exact duration of the vacation is not exactly known, a TDP leader said it may last seven to 10 days.
Following the June 15 episode, in a show of unity, all major domestic airlines have barred the MP from taking their flights -- similar to action taken by the carriers after the incident involving Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad earlier this year.
On Thursday, Reddy was scheduled to fly IndiGo's flight 6E-608, which departs from Visakhapatnam at 8.10 AM, to Hyderabad. But he reached just 28 minutes before the scheduled departure, according to the airline.
As per norms laid out by the aviation regulator, airlines close check-in counters for all domestic fights 45 minutes prior to departure.
Enraged, Reddy got into a verbal spat with the ground staff and threw a printer kept at the airline's counter after he was informed that boarding for his flight had closed.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who also belongs to the same party, has said that he would get the entire incident "enquired into" and will ensure "lawful outcomes" follow.
Prior to this incident, Reddy had allegedly vandalised the Air India office at Gannavaram airport in Vijaywada last year after he missed his flight.
(With PTI inputs)