Robert Vadra may lose no-frisk status in airports

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Aug 22, 2015 23:44 IST

Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra on Saturday welcomed the government’s proposed move to strip him of the privilege of not being frisked at airports after the home ministry reportedly gave its nod for a review of the list of those who enjoy the exemption.

“Finally!! I am glad and have been awaiting this so called and never used, Security Exemption Privilege to be removed at Airports,” he said in a Facebook post.

“I am and have been more than ready to give a written consent to remove my name from this VVIP list. I am no VIP and I have expressed my view on this subject in the past as well. Please stop wasting peoples (sic) time with this news, every few days! Cheers.”

The home ministry reportedly asked the civil aviation ministry to go ahead with its plan to review the list of 33 categories of people, including Vadra, who are currently exempted from frisking at airports in the country.

The home ministry is learned to have stated that it does not consider the threat perception to Vadra serious enough to warrant his inclusion in the no-frisking list but advised the civil aviation ministry to take a final call after consultation with the Special Protection Group, which guards his wife Priyanka Gandhi.

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