Kalam frisking: FIR filed against four officials of Continental Airlines

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New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): The Government on Friday has filed a First Information Report against four employees of a US airline for frisking former Indian president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam at the Delhi airport on April 21.

The FIR has been lodged against the Country Director Laurent Recoura, Station Manager of Continental Airlines Allen Field, Area Security Manager Cynthia Carlier, and Security in - charge Jaideep.

Continental Airlines has apologized to Kalam for the incident.

Meanwhile Members of Parliament cutting across the party line sharply reacted to the US Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) statement that frisking of Kalam was in compliance with American regulatory requirements.

BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy critisised that frisking of Kalam happened due to the kneel down before US policy of the UPA government.

Rudy who was the civil aviation minister in NDA Government asked whether the government is properly maintaining the list of protocol or not. He also demanded a thorough statement by the Government in the parliament.

NCP leader Supriya Sule called the incident as sad, and demanded the strict enforcement of protocol guidelines.

Former foreign minister Digvijay Singh demanded to use protocol as a weapon of diplomacy.

Congress MP Rajiv Shukla appreciated the FIR filed by the ministry of Civil Aviation, and said and requested to leave the matter as the ministry is capable of taking appropriate action.

Earlier, the US had argued that TSA requires all passengers and their accessible property to be screened for any goods listed on the prohibited items list.

It also said that the former heads of state and other VIPs are screened according to the same screening procedure as for any other passenger, while traveling from an international location to the US on a US commercial aircraft. (ANI)

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