IndiGo Lands in Fresh Trouble; Passenger Files Sedition Complaint Against Airlines For Not Accepting Indian Currency

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New Delhi, Nov 21: In a fresh trouble for IndiGo Airlines, a sedition complaint has been filed against the airline for refusing to accept Indian currency. Delhi-based Pramod Kumar Jain filed a complaint against IndiGo Airlines under Section 124 (A) of the Indian Penal Code after its crew allegedly refused to accept Indian currency when he ordered food. The complaint has been registered at Sarojini Nagar Police Station.

As per the complaint, Pramod Kumar Jain was travelling from Bangalore to Dubai in an IndiGo flight number 6E95 on November 10. Since Kumar didn’t include meal on his flight ticket, he ordered food. However, the crew of the IndiGo flight refused to provide him food as he was paying in Indian currency. The crew members said they were only allowed to take foreign currency, Kumar alleged.

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Speaking to Zee News, Pramod Kumar said the the IndiGo flight crew didn’t accept payment in Indian currency citing rules. However, the norms say that a passenger can pay in the currency of the country from where he/she takes the flight and where he/she lands.

Lately, IndiGo Airlines is under flak after it had apologised to a passenger who was manhandled at Delhi airport in October. A video surfaced in October showing IndiGo’s passenger Rajiv Katyal being manhandled by the airline’s staff after a verbal altercation. Katyal, who arrived from Chennai, was waiting for the passenger bus at the airport when the incident happened. It is not clear exactly who started the verbal altercation.

The airline, in its report, owned up to the fault and clarified that its employee Montu Kalra — since sacked by IndiGo — who shot the video and turned a whistleblower in the manhandling case was indeed the one who instigated the incident.