Drama at KIA after airline refuses to take Maudany on board

Submitted by alvin on Mon, 2016-07-04 20:42 Bengaluru: There was high drama at the Kempegowda International Airport after PDP leader Abdul Nasser Maudany, who was permitted by the SC to go to his hometown in Kerala, was held up at the airport after airline authorities refused to take him on board citing absence of permission.The NIA court in Bengaluru had granted one-week permission for Maudany, an accused in the Bengaluru blasts case, to travel with a direction to the city police to arrange police escort.As per the plan, Maudany along with his wife and three family members, accompanied by two police officials, went to the airport to catch an Indigo flight to Kochi scheduled to depart at 12.30 p.m. However, airline officials stopped Maudany from boarding stating they could not take a prisoner on board without permission from the Aviation Ministry.“We had given the itinerary to the police and informed the airlines officials before getting the boarding passes. Despite this they started arguing with us stating that there was no provision for them to board a prisoner in the flight and cited security reasons,” said P Usman, counsel for Maudany. “We tried to convince the authorities that he is not a prisoner and is out on bail and showed the documents and court orders, but the airlines officials refused to listen”, he added.However, after communicating with the aviation authorities, the airline officials said they would allow Maudany and team to fly to Kochi on the next flight scheduled at 7.20 p.m.