Maharashtra chief minister, Devendra Fadnavis, reportedly stopped a US-bound flight from flying from Mumbai airport since one of his aides had forgotten to carry the right travel documents with him.
According to reports, the Air India flight was delayed by an hour since the CM’s principal secretary, Pravin Pardeshi , had not carried his passport with valid visa.
The incident took place on Monday while Fadnavis was leaving for a week-long US trip with his industries minister Subhash Desai, chief secretary Swadheen Kshatriya and principal secretary Pravin Pardeshi.
Reports said that Pardeshi was carrying his new passport while the valid visa was in his old passport. He was stopped after clearing the check-in process. He then had to get his old passport with valid visa delivered to him before he was allowed to proceed. The entire process reportedly took two hour.
However, a spokesperson for the Air India was quoted as saying, “The flight was delayed by 57 minutes and that too because of operational, technical reasons. Besides, some delay also occurred on account of the ATC.”
There were more than 250 passengers on board.
Fadnavis, also denied he was responsible for causing the delay. He took to twitter to issue clarification.
The allegation that I forced to delay the flight to New York is false & misleading. I totally deny it.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) June 30, 2015