A form that was meant to be filled up by Congress vice president, Rahul Gandhi had become a bone of contention with his party leaders accusing the Delhi police of snooping. The allegations went on with Congress leaders even accusing the Delhi police of snooping on their leader at the behest of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah.
Whatever the allegations may be, Rahul Gandhi will have to fill up the form. The form is simple and the details are sought in the interest of his own security, a Delhi police officer informed. There are certain details that are sought every year from persons placed under the Protected Persons Category and this time too the same details that were filled up even by his mother are being sought, the officer said.
Rahul not the only one to fill this form:
Few months back when the Delhi police had visited the Tuglak Lane office of Rahul Gandhi, the Congress had accused the cops of snooping. They even said that the police had gone to his office knowing fully well he was not there.
However the rule clearly mandates that the details of not just the VIP but also the persons around him will also need to be provided. Hence there was nothing wrong in the visit to his office when he was not there. Moreover the form that the Delhi police want the Congress Vice President to fill up is not some sort of an exclusive exercise. The police had even visited the office of his mother, Sonia Gandhi and collected similar details.
Now here is a list of who all have filled up the form in recent times. Moreover this has been a practice since the year 1957. The Delhi police which is responsible for the security of VIPs has been visiting the offices of various leaders and also telling them to fill up the form.
The proforma form was filled up by Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee, Sheila Dixit, Sushma Swaraj, George Fernandes, Murli Manohar Joshi, Arun Jaitley, Deve Gowda and I K Gujral just to name a few.
What details does Rahul Gandhi have to fill up?
The Delhi police would give him a form in which he will need to fill up:
· Personal data
· Educational qualification
· Passport number
· Shoe size
· Eye colour
· Color of hair
The Delhi police say that similar details about the persons close to him will also have to be provided. We have most of the details, but the procedure is undertaken every year to update the list. This is mandatory if protection ought to be given, the police also point out.
The Delhi police is also discussing a new addition that needs to be made during this process. If the VIP is not comfortable answering any question, he can refuse to do so. While this is a proposal that has been made, a review of the same will be undertaken in a meeting of the Delhi police.