Mumbai: An Air India flight from Mumbai to the US was was held up for nearly an hour as an IAS officer accompanying Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was allegedly not carrying his passport with the valid visa.CM Fadnavis, who embarked on a week-long US tour on Tuesday, was joined by his Principal Secretary IAS officer Praveen Pardeshi.
However, Pardeshi’s missing visa was discovered only after the check-in process had been completed at the Mumbai airport.
Pardeshi, a 1985-batch IAS officer, had turned up at the Mumbai airport with his new passport. However, the US visa was stamped on his old passport.
He managed to get his old passport from his residence, but it led to the flight delay for an hour.
When contacted, an Air India spokesperson said that the flight in which Fadnavis was to travel was delayed by 57 minutes for a mix of reasons.
“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,” the spokesperson claimed.
However Maharashtra Chief minister Fadnavis denied the incident and issued a clarification on Twitter.
‘The allegation that I forced to delay the flight to New York is false and misleading,’ Fadnavis said.
NCP leader Nawab Malik said on this incident on Twitter, “this shows how power is being misused.”