Delhi: Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis has been accused of delaying an Air India flight for about an hour at Mumbai Airport.
Media reports said on Wednesday that around 250 passengers bound for Newark were held up on Monday when an airline staff found that Fadnavis’s principal secretary Pravin Pardeshi could not produce a valid visa.
Fadnavis’s PS, who was part of the CM's delegation to the US, had reportedly got a valid US visa in his old passport. However, this was not reflected in the new one which Pardeshi was carrying, reports said.
Reports also said that flight AI 191 finally left about an hour behind schedule after Pardeshi produced an old passport booklet with a valid visa.
Some reports also said that the official asked someone to fetch the passport booklet as the the airline staff waited for the visa.
However, the Maharashtra CM refuted the allegations.
“The allegation that I forced to delay the flight to New York is false and misleading. I totally deny it,” Fadnavis posted on micro-blogging website Twitter.
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
Fadnavis is on a nine-day tour of the United States.