If Robert not exempted, family out: Priyanka

The Civil Aviation Ministry will be the final authority to decide whether the name of the family should be struck off the list.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:May 31, 2014 2:18 am
Robert Vadra and Priyanka Gandhi. While Priyanka is an SPG protectee, her husband Robert Vadra is entitled to SPG protection whenever he is travelling with her.

In the event her husband’s name is struck off the list of VIPs exempted from pre-embarkation security checks at airport, Priyanka Vadra has written to Special Protection Group (SPG) chief that it would not be correct for her and their children to avail the facility and even they would like to go through the normal security channel when the entire family was travelling together.

“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 of the facility of exemption of these checks while entering or exiting the airport when we are all traveling together. It is only right for us to go through the normal channel at the airport and be frisked etc. as per normal procedure at such times as you will appreciate that it makes no sense for a family traveling together to fall under different categories of exemption. I would appreciate if you could put this into practice as soon as the government order canceling my husband’s exemption comes into force,” Priyanka said in her letter to SPG chief K Durga Prasad.

While Priyanka is an SPG protectee, her husband Robert Vadra is entitled to SPG protection whenever he is travelling with her. A Delhi Police team gives him round the clock security.

SPG chief Prasad told The Indian Express he had not seen the letter but they will seek a consolidated report from other security agencies on it. Senior officials said more than a security issue the exemption from frisking was borne out of protocol. Barring the Gandhi family, the other people on the exempted list are all by designations like former PMs, Presidents, serving chief justices of high courts and others. There are 30 categories of VIPs in this list.

In her letter, Priyanka wr-ote, “In the light of the recent media reports with reference to the removal of my husband’s name from the list of security protectees exempt from security checks at the airport, I would like to bring to your notice that his inclusion on that list came about at the instance of your predecessors in the SPG/Delhi Police and not up-on any request by either of us who were informed after the fact.”

“Ever since then, it has been a source of constant embarrassment for my husband who has asked me on numerous occasions to have it removed as, in any case, he goes through the full security check and procedure from the normal channel every time he is traveling on his own,” she wrote. “I would also request you to ensure that when we are entering or exiting the boarding gates there is no disturbance to other passengers and that my security detail behaves in a manner that is discreet and strictly unobtrusive.”

The Civil Aviation Ministry will be the final authority to decide whether the name of the family should be struck off the list.

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  1. I
    May 31, 2014 at 12:12 am
    Shaabash..Now return the money your husband made by using inside knowledge and patronage.
  2. R
    May 31, 2014 at 10:04 am
    I don't see any security risk in subjecting the high and mighty to security checks at Indian airports. Withdraw this facility from everyone including VVIPs. Mr. Modi should set an example in this!
  3. R
    May 31, 2014 at 10:01 am
    Whom is she threatening? This measure was for facilitating smuggling of Indian antiques and money to Italy etc. the earlier it is withdrawn, the better for the nation.
  4. A
    May 30, 2014 at 10:00 pm
    I do not think that man & his family can get the SPG security anyway. After all, we, the tax-payers pay all the money related to the SPG protection. It costs a huge per seconds even, forget about per year. More over he has done so far nothing to this nation. Like any general person, he can get either a normal security or maximum he can hire his personal private security.More over, a proper investigation to find the truth behind allegations must be started ASAP. If found guilty, he should be penalized.
  5. A
    May 31, 2014 at 12:31 pm
    Our hard earned tax money is exploited by a group of people.
  6. M
    May 31, 2014 at 5:25 am
    so jijaji wants to be a "mango man" of "banana republic" ?...AACHE DIN AA E HAIN...
  7. C
    Chandan Bhowmick
    May 31, 2014 at 2:22 pm
    I do not understand frisking will compromise security of any person.EVERYODY must have to go through frisking in indian airport except VVIPS(means PRESIDENT,VICEPRESIDENT,P M,SERVICE CHIEFS ,HOME MINISTER )
  8. K
    May 31, 2014 at 2:08 pm
    Why should a criminal like Mr Vadra be provided SPG cover at the coat of Tax Payers?Congressmen have all the while proclaimed him to be a private citizen for all probilty. That being the case he should not get any undue benefits & privileges as applicable for VIPs.Treat him like a common man & subject him to all the applicable scrutiny process as otherwise it will tantamount to an open discrimination in case of common citizens.It is also high time for all the dubious business transactions of Mr Vadra being thoroughly probed in the wake of Mr Ashok Khemka's findings to unearth all the frauds if perpetuated using the family name & UPA authority.Law is to be common for one & all irrespective of persons or positions as otherwise it will be open mockery of any impartial judicial process.We should all respect the need for due justice & the Legal process.Priyanka can not be allowed to blackmail the nation by stating what has been reported .
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