Kunal Kamra was banned by 4 airlines for heckling Arnab Goswami.
Stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra, who has been at the centre of an enormous controversy after being banned by four airlines for heckling Republic TV’s editor-in-chief on a flight, today tweeted showing his appreciation for the IndiGo pilot who objected to the action against him.
Captain Rohit Mateti, the IndiGo pilot who flew Kunal Kamra, wrote to the airline’s management on Thursday, asking why he had not been consulted before a ban was positioned on the comedian and said he was disheartened to discover that the airline took action only based on social media marketing posts, without consulting the Pilot-in-Command.
Captain Mateti added that Mr Kamra’s behaviour, “while unsavoury, had not been qualifying of an even 1 unruly passenger” and he did not discover the events reportable at all.
“Captain Rohit Mateti ko mera salaam. (I salute Captain Rohit Mateti),” Mr Kamra tweeted each day following the IndiGo pilot’s letter.
Captain Rohit Mateti ko mera salaam
– Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) January 31, 2020
Mr Kamra, known for his critical views contrary to the government and government-friendly media networks, was banned by multiple airlines after he posted a video of his encounter with Arnab Goswami aboard an IndiGo plane. Mr Goswami kept mum as Mr Kamra asked him questions.
Aside from IndiGo, Air India, SpiceJet and GoAir rushed to impose a six-month ban on Mr Kamra following a tweet from Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri. The ban has been criticized as excessive. Several people also flagged what sort of reporter from Mr Goswami’s TV channel had once similarly heckled Tejashwi Yadav on a flight.
Aviation watchdog DGCA had said the airlines’ ban on Mr Kamra was a violation of due process in similar situations. Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR) declare that after finding a complaint, an interior committee should be formed within 30 days to probe the problem. Your choice taken by the committee could be appealed against within an appellate body of the Civil Aviation Ministry and a court. Meanwhile, passengers(s) can only just get yourself a temporary 30-day ban.