Chandigarh: Hours after Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) alleged Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann was deplaned from a flight in Frankfurt, Germany for being “too drunk”, Lufthansa airlines on Tuesday issued a clarification on the matter ‘exonerating’ the CM.

In a notification, Lufthansa said the Frankfurt to Delhi flight had departed later than its scheduled time due to a delayed inbound flight and an aircraft change. There was no other reason to it.

“Our flight from Frankfurt to Delhi departed later than originally planned due to a delayed inbound flight and an aircraft change,” Lufthansa News tweeted replying to a user asking about the delay in the flight.

In another tweet by a user asking whether CM Bhagwant Mann was “drunk”, Lufthansa News tweeted that it can’t provide information regarding individual passengers due to data protection reasons.

“For data protection reasons we do not provide any information regarding individual passengers,” Lufthansa News said in another tweet.

The clarification came hours after Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal accused CM Bhagwant Mann of boarding a flight “heavily drunk” and creating ruckus before being deplaned.

Reacting to this, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had dismissed Badal’s charge that Mann was deplaned from the flight due to intoxication and said that the Opposition doesn’t have issues to talk about and the Punjab Chief Minister had health problems.

Notably, Mann returned from his eight-day trip from Germany on Monday.

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