Kokrajhar: The Indian Air Force is standing by its pilot's decision to not fly Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi to Guwahati on Tuesday, according to sources.
Sources add that the IAF feels that the pilot had used his professional judgement and had refused to fly due to inclement weather.
After the Met department issued a warning over lightning and thundershowers, the pilot had taken the decision. The Congress General Secretary had to later travel by road to Guwahati.
He was on a day's trip to the state to meet victims of ethnic violence in relief camps and held discussions with Bodoland Territorial Council leaders on the prevailing situation in Assam.
While travelling back to Guwahati with Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, he was denied permission by the IAF officials to take off due to the bad weather.
(With additional information from PTI)