Union Minister Kiren Rijiju was at the centre of a controversy for delaying an Air India flight from Leh to Delhi for about an hour and for the offloading of three of its passengers, including a child, allegedly to accommodate him and his aide.
According to sources, the aircraft doors were shut for takeoff on June 24 but the flight did not depart at its scheduled time as Rijiju, along ith his PA, had to be onboard.
When he arrived, three passengers were allegedly deboarded to accommodate the minister and his PA, sources said. While an Air India spokesman said it has sought more details on the incident, Rijiju claimed it was not a “delay” as the departure of the flight was “preponed” due to technical reasons.
“The departure was at 1140 hrs…I don’t know…somehow there was a rescheduling issue…It was not a delay..it was a communication gap,” Rijiju said. Rijiju told from Darjeeling that he was returning to Delhi after taking part the “Sindhu Darshan” festival on June 24 along with Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh in an Air India flight which was “suddenly rescheduled.”