12 September, New Delhi
Expressing his anguish on the issue of removing his name from No Frisking list at airports being raked up repeatedly in the media, Mr Robert Vadra, industrialist and son-in-law of Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said I am not a VVIP or a VIP.
A day after the statement by Minister of state for Aviation Mahesh Sharma that the government has no plans to remove Vadra from the no-frisking list at the airports, Mr Vadra wondered if he should personally delete his name from the list at all the airports.
I am clear, but wish the concerned authorities would understand that I am NOT A VVIP or a VIP. I am a proud citizen of INDIA!
“I have voiced and given my consent to remove my name from this list, many times.
My conduct says it, but apparently the analysis disclosed by the government on my threat perception, allegedly says I am not required to be on this list, so why double standards in removing my name, from the VVIP list,he said in a post on Facebook.
Alleging that repeatedly raking up the issue in the media was a part of a larger conspiracy to malign his image, Mr Vadra said, I do not need this privilege and have never used it. It takes less than a minute to get frisked and there is nothing to hide, that cameras need not be avoided!
“May be I need to personally go to every airport and delete my name, will that work? Or is it a part of a larger conspiracy to malign my image. I am humble and as normal as any citizen, so please treat me like one, otherwise write every Indian citizens name on the VVIP list and please stop wasting people’s time. There are much larger issues to be dealt with and my humble request is to focus on them. Any other suggestions are welcome …
The statement by Mr Vadra came a day after Mr Sharma said the Civil Aviation Ministry has no plans to remove the name of Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law from the “no-frisking” list at domestic airports.
“We are not withdrawing Robert Vadra’s name from the list. It is not on our radar,” Mr Sharma said yesterday.
The Civil Aviation Ministry had sought the Home Ministry’s views for taking Robert Vadra off the no-frisking list at airports.
The MHA, in its note to Aviation Ministry, said that three categories of people Mr Vadra, Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees and His Holiness the Dalai Lama have been exempted from pre-boarding security checks “only for facilitation purpose and not on security grounds.”
The Home Ministry left it to the Aviation Ministry to decide on whether these three categories should be in the no-frisking list or not as this issue is in their purview.