New Delhi : For the second time in three days, Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra on Monday pressed the Government to take his name off the elite “no frisking” list at the domestic airports.
Taking a dig at the government on the issue of his controversial exemption, Vadra said he plans to visit every airport terminal in the country and add a “white tape” on his name from the VVIP list.
“Plan to visit every terminal in the Airports in India and add a white tape on my name from the VVIP list and my signature on top !! So look out,” Vadra wrote in his status message on the Facebook, reports PTI.
Responding to Vadra’s insistence on no frisking, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said he should have written to him rather than bringing up the matter through Facebook. “Let Mr Vadra give in writing that he doesn’t want to be included in the VIP list, I will remove his name in 3 days. Rather than writing on Facebook, he could have written to me,” Sharma said. As of now, Vadra is not frisked at airports if he travels with an SPG protectee. If he is removed from the elite list, he would be subjected to frisking at all airports even if he travels with an SPG protectee.
The issue of Vadra’s exemption from frisking and checking at airport has been raised many times.
Significantly, the government had recently said that there were no plans to remove his name from the list. “We are not withdrawing Robert Vadra’s name from the list. It is not on our radar,” Sharma had said.
Vadra in a statement last Saturday questioned why his name was not being removed from the elite ‘no-frisking’ list at airports and wondered if it was a “conspiracy” to malign his
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