Robert Vadra may soon lose 'no-frisk privileges'

New Delhi, Dec 9: Robert Vadra, the controversial son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi may soon have to stand in airport queues for frisking like other civilians.

The Aviation Ministry has written to the Union Home Ministry to decide on the issue of exempting people not holding any constitutional position from frisking at airports, says a Times of India report.

Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra

An aviation ministry official has been quoted as saying in the report that there are only two such names in the list, one is Dalai Lama and another is Robert Vadra. He said Dalai Lama is a religious figure and head of a Government in exile. His exemption from frisking is understandable but Vadra's name should be removed from the exempt list.

Exemption from frisking at airports is accorded to the VIPs like the President, Prime Minister, chief ministers, other ministers, Supreme Court judges and governors and to individuals with 'extremely high threat' perceptions.

The report said that the aviation ministry had written to MHA in this regard some months back but got no response. Now it has sent a reminder.

Airport security checking is mandatory for all passengers before crossing the barricades set up to provide full security to air travellers.

Since May, when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government came to power at the Centre, there are reports that Vadra's name may soon be deleted from airport VIP list.

Vadra, the husband of Priyanka Gandhi, is the only civilian in the list of those exempted from frisking at airports.

On May 31, Priyanka Gandhi had written in a letter, "His inclusion on that list came about at the instance of your predecessors in the SPG/Delhi Police and not upon any request by either of us. It was done ostensibly to facilitate the coordination of the two separate security agencies at the airport when we travelled together.

"Ever since then, it has been a source of constant embarrassment for my husband who has asked me on numerous occasions to have it removed as, in any case, he goes through the full security check and procedure from the normal channel every time he is travelling on his own," she had said.

However in June, the government had said it has no plans to withdraw exemption given to Priyanka Gandhi and her husband Robert Vadra from normal security checks at airports when they travel together.

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