New Delhi | Reacting to reports that the Home Ministry has suggested his name be removed from lists of people who were exempted from frisking at airports, Robert Vadra, industrialist and son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, has said he is more than ready to give a written consent to remove his name from this VVIP list.
”I am glad and have been awaiting this so called and never used security exemption privilege to be removed at airports. I am and have been more than ready to give a written consent to remove my name from this VVIP list,” Mr Vadra said in a Facebook post.
He said in the past also, he had expressed his views on the subject.
”I am no VIP and have expressed my view on this subject in the past as well. Please stop wasting people’s time with this news, every few days! ” Mr Vadra said.
The reaction by Mr Vadra came after reports that the Home Ministry has recommended that the threat perception to him was not serious enough to merit an exemption from frisking at airports.
According to the reports, the Home Ministry had observed that the no-frisk status was extended to him (Robert Vadra) not on the basis of threat perception but to facilitate the SPG in managing the security of his wife Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, each time she travelled with him.
The reports said the ministry recently asked the civil aviation ministry to take a final call, in consultation with SPG, on whether his name should be struck off the list of VVIPs exempted from pre-embarkation security checks at civil airports.
Mr Vadra was included in the no-frisk list during UPA’s first term at the Centre. He figures in a list that features the president, prime minister, governors, chief ministers, union ministers, chief justice of India, chief justices of high courts, those holding constitutional posts, cabinet secretary and the Dalai Lama.
The privilege extended to Vadra has come in for some sharp criticism from several quarters.
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