Cong & JD(S) MLAs al­lege flights blocked, leave by road

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - FRONT PAGE -

In late evening drama, Con­gress and JD(S) MLAs left for des­ti­na­tions in neigh­bour­ing states in three luxury buses after three char­ter flights which were sup­posed to carry them from Ben­galuru’s HAL air­port were re­port­edly de­nied per­mis­sion to take off.

The ground­ing of the planes drew sharp crit­i­cism from the Con­gress-JD(S) com­bine, which de­scribed it as a “brazen move to choke ef­forts” to safe-keep the MLAs.

Con­gress MLAs al­leged that the DGCA sent out “un­of­fi­cial” word to HAL air­port to not al­low the planes to take off. How­ever, a se­nior avi­a­tion min­istry of­fi­cial de­nied the charge. “DGCA’s per­mis­sion is not re­quired for char­ter oper­a­tions within In­dia. Say­ing the avi­a­tion au­thor­i­ties did not al­low the flights to op­er­ate is not cor­rect,” the of­fi­cial said.

Ear­lier, se­cu­rity for Con­gress MLAs was re­moved at Ea­gle­ton Re­sort in Bi­dadi, where they had been coralled since Wed­nes­day.

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