Amid the flip-flop by authorities over his exemption from frisking in Indian airports, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra on Saturday said he did not need the “privilege”.
“Maybe I need to personally go to every airport and delete my name, will that work? Or is it a part of a larger conspiracy to malign my image?” Vadra posted on Facebook.
His statement came a day after minister of state for civil aviation, Mahesh Sharma, announced that the government was “not withdrawing” Vadra’s name from the no-frisk list, contrary to earlier reports about his exclusion.
“I do not need this privilege and have never used it. It takes less than a minute to get frisked and there is nothing to hide, that cameras need be avoided!” Vadra said. He wrote that he hopes the authorities concerned would understand he is not a “VVIP or VIP” but “a proud citizen of India”. Vadra pointed out he had “voiced” and given his consent “many times” to remove his name from the list.
“But apparently the analysis disclosed by the government on my ‘threat perception’ allegedly says I am not required to be on this list, so why double standards in removing and further including my name, in the VVIP list,” Vadra said.