Government has no plans to withdraw Priyanka Gandhi’s privileges at airport

Vadra has to undergo frisking at airports if he travels alone, but exempted when traveling with Priyanka.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:June 8, 2014 10:00 am
Priyanka, being an Special Protection Group protectee, is exempted from normal security check at  airports. Priyanka, being an Special Protection Group protectee, is exempted from normal security check at airports.

The government 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.

“Security is given to any individual on the basis of threat perception and members of the Gandhi family continue to be under high degree of threat. Ensuring security to such people, agencies have to follow certain protocol which cannot be changed just like that,” a senior official said.

As of now Priyanka, being an Special Protection Group protectee, is exempted from normal security check at  airports.

While her husband Vadra has to undergo frisking at airports if he travels alone, he is exempted from normal security checks when he travels with Priyanka or any other SPG protectee.

After media reports suggested that the government was contemplating to withdraw the privileges given to Vadra, Priyanka wrote a letter to SPG chief Durga Prasad and asked him to remove the exemption given to her and her family from normal security checks at airports.

“We have no plans as of now to review the facilities given to SPG protectees and those who travel with SPG protectees.

“A high-powered committee headed by Union Home Secretary periodically reviews security of individuals on the basis of threat perception. Security to anyone is given as per the decision of the committee on the basis of threat perception,” the official said.

In her letter, Priyanka said Vadra’s inclusion in the list was made at the instance of previous SPG chiefs and Delhi Police and not upon any request by “either of us who were informed after the fact”.

“Since the government is now reportedly considering the removal of his name, I would like to inform you that I do not feel it will be correct for my children and me to avail the facility of exemption of these checks while entering or exiting airports when we are all travelling together,” she wrote.

However, the letter triggered a controversy and Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said it was better to leave the issue to the security agencies to take a decision.

“One should not politicise security issues. I have failed to understand why someone is trying to score a political brownie point. Security does not depend on whims and fancies of any individual,” Rijiju had said.

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    Arun Gupta
    Jun 8, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    Strange are the ways of security concern of our security agencies. When Vadra will travel with his wife he will be considered as a person of no risk to our security systems and no frisking will be carried out on him but when he will travel alone he will become a risk to our security system and therefore ,will be subjected to frisking. It is also not clear whether he will be subjected to frisking or not when he is travelling along with Sonia or Rahul or both.
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      Panchapakesan
      Jun 8, 2014 at 6:56 am
      Shameful on part of Ms. Priyanka Vadra to avail facilities at the cost of taxpayers expense. She can very well afford to have her personal guards (Bouncers) with all good earning her father & Husband made. Why be parasitic ??
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        Vernaker Patil
        Jun 8, 2014 at 10:35 am
        Interesting, when Priyanka request for cancellation, the learned Minister says it is a security issue but he forget that Modi himself had made a big issue about this during the recent election.Why this U turn? Does it mean the BJP has hidden agenda.
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          Vernaker Patil
          Jun 8, 2014 at 4:59 pm
          It is BJP style
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            rama Rama
            Jun 8, 2014 at 7:14 pm
            What I fail to understand is the connection between providing security and security checks at the airport etc. Can someone more knowledgeable elaborate? I mean if their luggage etc has been properly checked, signed and sealed off before departure then it should be fairly safe to exempt further security checks at the airport. Otherwise.....
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              Ramesh
              Jun 8, 2014 at 6:49 am
              There is no objection to providing them highest security. However, to exempt them from security checks at airports is beyond understanding.
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                wow
                Jun 8, 2014 at 10:22 am
                If the bjp govt can't withdraw security priviledges to priyanka &her family ,then why they created hue cry before elections about it
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