Priyanka seeks withdrawal of SPG security for her family at airports
Priyanka Gandhi on Friday asked the SPG to withdraw the exemption given to her and her family from normal security checks in the airports, a plea that comes in the wake of reports that government is considering cancellation of such a facility to her husband Robert Vadra.
42-year-old Priyanka and her husband, Robert Vadra, are currently on a list of VIPs which permits them skip security checks at airports within India.
In a letter to the SPG chief Durga Prasad, she referred to media reports of possible removal of her husband Robert Vadra’s name from the list of security protectees exempt from security checks at the airport and said she would appreciate if it is done at the earliest.
Priyanka said Vadra’s inclusion on that list came about 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’.
The newly appointed Civil Aviation Minister Gajapati Raju in Narendra Modi’s Cabinet has already dropped hints towards stripping Robert of his frisking immunity in airports.
On being asked whether Vadra would continue to be in the VIP list and not be checked at airports, Raju said, ‘Security should be meaningful and not ornamental. It will depend if the Home Ministry feels there is a threat perception, and I am not talking about Vadra, we’ll have to see.’