Shirdi (Maharashtra): Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil today said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis should tender an unconditional apology to passengers over the flight delay episode.

"If the CM has delayed the flight and inconvenienced the passengers, he should tender an unconditional apology. But instead of doing that he is talking about initiating criminal defamation proceedings," the senior Congress leader told reporters here today.

Terming reports about him delaying an Air India flight as "misleading", Fadnavis has said he would initiate proceedings of criminal defamation.

Vikhe Patil visited Ahmednagar-Manmad Road and inspected the damages done to the shops during a protest rally yesterday that was organised to condemn the alleged atrocities against Dalits.