Aviation minister apologises to family offloaded to accommodate minister

yf1poxugAviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju apologised over reports that a family of 3 including a child, was offloaded to accommodate minister Kiren Rajiju on an Air India flight from Leh to Delhi.

The apology came after the minister who was not aware people had been offloaded for him, was criticised on social media.

Reports said the flight was ready for departure when an air force officer, his wife and child were asked to deplane for ‘last minute passengers’ who were identified as India’s junior minister for home affairs Mr Rijiju, and Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh.

Mr Rijiju’s defence notwithstanding many Indians have criticised the privilege given to the minister