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VIPs exempted from Security Check at Indian Airports

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So, who are those VVIPs that are exempted from the pre-embarkation security check at the civilian airports in the country? What is the basis for extending such exemptions?

The reply received from the Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India in response to an RTI application filed by us has the following information.

According to the reply, a total of 32 categories of people are exempted from pre-embarkation security check at the civilian airports. Such exemption is granted on the basis of the following

  • On the basis of Protocol
  • On the basis of receiprocity/bilateral agreement in respect of forgien dignitaries
  • On the basis of Security ground.

Based on the above grounds, Government of India has exmepted the following categories of people from pre-embarkation checks at civilian airports.

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Prime Minister
  • Governors of States
  • Former Presidents
  • Former Vice President
  • Chief Justice of India
  • Speaker of Lok Sabha
  • Union Ministers of Cabinet rank
  • Chief Ministers of States
  • Deputy Chief Ministers of States
  • Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission
  • Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha & Rajya Sabha
  • Holders of Bharat Ratna Decoration
  • Ambassadors of foreign countries, charge D’ Affairs and High Commissioners and their spouses
  • Judges of Supreme Court
  • Chief Election Commissioner
  • Comptroller & Auditor General of India
  • Deputy Chairman Rajya Sabha & Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha
  • Minister of State of the Union Council of Ministers
  • Attorney General of India
  • Cabinet Secretary
  • Lt Governors of Union Territories
  • Chiefs of staffs holding the rank of full General or equivalent rank
  • Chief Justices of the High Courts
  • Chief Ministers of Union Territories
  • Deputy Chief Ministers of Union Territories
  • Visiting Foreign dignitaries of the same status at SI. Nos. 1 to 4,7,8,9 above
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • SPG Protectees
  • Spouse of the President of India is exempted from pre-embarkation security checks at all civil airports even when he/she is not accompanying the President
  • Former Prime Ministers of India
  • Note: The Accompanying spouse of the above said VVIPs/VIPs is also exempted from pre-embarkation security checks at all civil airports in the country

(The Special Protection Group (SPG)  is one of the eight Central Armed Police Forces of India formed in 1988 by an act of the Parliament of India for “providing proximate security to the Prime Minister of India and former Prime Minister of India and members of their immediate families.” Family members of a serving Prime Minister (PM) may decline security. Former PMs and their immediate family members may also, if they choose, decline SPG security.)

Recent Changes to the List

This list has undergone changes lately after the furore over the inclusion of Mr. Robert Vadra’s name. This new list of VVIPs/VIPs who are exempted from pre-embarkation security checks at all civil airports in the country does not include the name of  Mr. Robert Vadra. The only other change compared to the old list is an additional note at the bottom of this list that says, ‘The Accompanying spouse of the above said VVIPs/VIPs is also exempted from pre-embarkation security checks at all civil airports in the country’.

indian airport security check exemption list_list update note on accompanying spouse

This  means that if Mr. Robert Vadra is accompanying Mrs. Priyanka Gandhi and if she is a SPG protectee, then Mr. Vadra would still be exempted from pre-embarkation check.

PS: The list could change in the future. This will be updated as and when it is done.

 

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7 Comments

  1. from the post i get an idea that it is legal to get SPG Protectees the protection.

    so if vadra get the protection that is fine in the company of respective SPG candidate. why highlight only vadra and not other people to get it ?

    • SPG protection is extended to PM & former PMs and their immediate families. Robert Vadra is the only one outside the immediate family. The post was intended to bring all facts about the protection to light.

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