A Mumbai lawyer demanded Rs.87 Lakhs from Emirates, an International airline after he finds a cockroach in his in-flight meal, reported Mumbai Mirror.
The report also added, he was so revolted by the sight that he threw up many times in the bathroom.
After celebrating his birthday, Yusuf Iqbal was flying back to Mumbai from Casablanca on 27th February when he discovered an insect in his chicken salad. Iqbal is one of the top lawyers from Colaba, Mumbai and has been practicing for 17 years now. He is also a senior member of London based International Council of Jurists. Iqbal was returning after celebrating his 40th birthday, his wife and their friends accompanied him.
The experience was so dreadful for Iqbal that he skipped a work-related engagement that required air travel. According to the legal notice to Emirates, he has missed out on anticipated professional fees of Rs.30 lakhs. Along with this, “Iqbal has also cited the loss of potential fees, Rs.50 Lakhs for mental trauma and Rs.7 Lakhs for his and his wife’s first class return tickets (Mumbai-Casablanca-Mumbai) in the compensation demand,” the report said. Last week, Iqbal sent the legal notice to Emirates after a “without prejudice or admission of liability” response from the airline “admitted” that it was a beetle and offered him 25,000 air miles “as a token of regret”. On the other hand, Iqbal still believes that there was a cockroach in his chicken salad.
Responding to the complaint Emirate’s customer affairs executive said, “The inspection of the beetle allegedly found in your salad shows it was a common seasonal beetle found in Morocco. But, finding out how it came aboard was difficult to pinpoint.”
It also added, “The only explanation that is plausible, is that despite fumigation of the aircraft at Casablanca, the beetle somehow got in the aircraft whilst in Casablanca airport waiting for boarding and was possible lurking somewhere in the galley area.”
Yusuf Iqbal has given Emirates airline time till mid-April to pay the Rs.87 lakhs compensation.