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Rs. 25 lakh compensation demanded! Comedian Kunal Kamra sends legal notice to Indigo; seeks revocation of Ban

2020-02-01

Comedian Kunal Kamra had been suspended by the airlines after he allegedly heckled journalist Arnab Goswami aboard one of its planes from Mumbai to Lucknow.

In light of the recent incident on board 6E 5317 from Mumbai to Lucknow, Mr Kunal Kamra was suspended from flying with IndiGo for a period of six months, as his conduct onboard was unacceptable behaviour.

The main features of the legal notice issued through Advocate Prashant Sivarajan, partner at Lawmen & white, are:

  • That the airlines are required to revoke the suspension of Kunal Kamra with immediate effect.
  • An unconditional apology towards Kamra in all the leading newspapers, electronic media and on all of the social media platforms operated by the Airlines.
  • Airlines are asked for a Compensation of Rs. 25,00,000/- on account of mental pain and agony suffered by the comedian; as well as losses incurred by him on account of cancellation of all of his scheduled shows in India and abroad, on account of a totally illegal, arbitrary and high handed procedure which is against the extent DGCA CAR on the subject matter.

According to Karma, to indulge in a conversation with a fellow passenger was in exercise of his right to freedom of speech and expression as enshrined in Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution.

He added that even Arnab Goswami himself, towards did not make any complaints nor did he request the intervention of the cabin crew at any point of time.

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