PIL seeks orders to halt operation of Spicejet, refund to passengers

By Shgun S -- July 17, 2022 6:32 pm -- Updated:July 17, 2022 7:05 pm

New Delhi, July 17:  A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Delhi High Court asking the Centre and relevant authorities to issue an order to halt operations of Spicejet Airlines due to a number of recent incidents involving technical glitches with its aircraft.

In addition to raising concerns about security, the plea sought direction to compensate the fair charges to passengers who have faced the threat of their life during the journey and had to face mental trauma of fear of death.

Rahul Bhardwaj, a practising lawyer, and his four-year-old son filed the petition in an effort to get the Ministry of Civil Aviation, the DGCA, and others to establish a special fast-track commission to take the decision on the feasibility of "Stop" of operation by Spicejet Airlines till all the security measures are not followed.

The petition will be heard by the chief justice of the Delhi bench on Monday.

The petition further alleged that SpiceJet has violated the basic principles of rule of law which gives the protection, safety and security to the life, liberty, dignity and property of the passengers and gives the environment so that the passengers may lead their journey in a pleasant manner and their personal liberty and property may be protected and preserved in a healthy environment.

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It also added that the principles of natural justice, equity and good conscience demand that the respondents should be directed to constitute an independent special inquiry by aviation specialists to recommend all the measures where all the safety measures can be ensured for the passengers and citizens.

Earlier, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) noted that on average, 30 incidents daily take place but these hardly have any safety implications. "Most of them have no safety implications. On the contrary, they are sine qua non of a robust safety management system," DGCA official added.

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-PTC News

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