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Congress leader questions Raju's remark on Vadra, says MHA does review

May 30, 2014 02:23 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's security privileges are now under government scanner. The Central government has said it will review the exemption from security checks granted to Robert Vadra at airports in the country.

Senior party leader Sandeep Dikshit hit out at Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju over his remarks. He said, "Why did a Civil Aviation Minister needs to make such a comment, Ministry of Home Affairs does periodic review in any case. Making such a comment is creating unnecessary pressure for finding. This reeks of very level of politics."

Raju said that every citizen should go through security checks. Raju added that his ministry will go by the Home Ministry's recommendations on Vadra's security. Aviation officials have reported that Vadra is exempted from pre-embarkation checks at all civil airports within the country while travelling with his wife Priyanka Gandhi who is a SPG protectee.

Pusapati said, "Security should be meaningful and not ornamental. It will depend on whether the Home Ministry feels there is a threat perception, and I am not talking about Vadra, we'll have to see."

Vadra currently is in the VIP list and enjoys the privilege of going unchecked at airports. The change of guard at the Centre, however, can change the privileges he used to get as Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law.

Earlier, various passenger bodies had also objected to Vadra being exempted from frisking at airports. RTIs too had been filed in this regard.