Gujarat deputy chief minister Nitin Patel’s son, Jaimin Patel was prevented from boarding a Qatar airways flight this Monday for being “heavily drunk”.
Jaimin Patel is a land dealer and was reportedly traveling with his wife and daughter to Greece for a vacation when he was stopped from boarding the flight from Ahmadabad international airport. The flight was to take off at 4 a.m.
An airport official reported to IANS that Jaimin Patel was “heavily drunk” and also had an argument with an airways staff. Patel wasn’t even able walk properly and cleared immigration and all other checks on a wheelchair.
This comes as no less than a shock since Gujarat has been a dry state for nearly 6 years now. According to the liquor prohibition laws of the state, residents can face jail of up to 10 years and a fine of 5 lakh rupees for selling, purchasing or transporting liquor, while those who create a ruckus in inebriated condition are subject to jail of 1 to 3 years.
The deputy chief minister, however, has refuted the report saying that his “opponents are trying to tarnish his image by spreading false and mischievous information”. The minister also said that his son was not feeling well, so his daughter-in-law called up home to inform them about his son’s ill-health and then the family decided not to proceed with the holiday.