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Full text of letter written by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to SPG

Dear Shri Durga Prasad,

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 S.P.G. / Delhi Police and not upon any request by either of us who were informed after the fact.  It was done ostensibly to facilitate the coordination of the two separate security agencies at the airport when we traveled together.

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.

I had verbally conveyed this to the previous Director and the A.I.G. S.P.G. in charge of my security detail on a number of occasions but no action was ever taken on it.

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.

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.


Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.