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Know How Lalu, Rabri Violated Pre-Boarding Security Checks At Patna Airport Till Now

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| July 29 , 2017 , 12:27 IST

Only 30 categories of top VVIPs are exempt from security checks at Indian airports. But in a blinding oversight for eight long years till last Friday, Lalu Yadav and wife Rabri Devi were spared pre-boarding security checks (PESC) at Patna Airport despite not being among the 30 exempt categories.

In 2009, the then Congress-led Central government had granted the ally Yadav couple's vehicle tarmac access at Patna airport. "This enabled them to alight from the vehicle right close to the step ladder of aircraft at Patna and then board the same without any security checks. Their hand baggage meant to be taken on board also went without any checks," said a source.

This violation of PESC rules continued unchecked till the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) received a complaint last Friday about Lalu often being accompanied by some other person other than Rabri, in the car to board planes from Patna and their hand baggage getting on board unchecked straight from the car.

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"The complaint was received by BCAS chief Rajesh Kumar Chandra last Friday evening. Chandra immediately sent a mail to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and pointed out that Lalu, Rabri may have been allowed tarmac access in their car at Patna, they were not exempt from PESC," said a source.

Chandra marked a copy of this letter to aviation secretary R N Choubey, who on Friday night itself ordered the withdrawal of  tarmac access to the Yadav couple — thereby making it mandatory for them to board flights from terminals after going through all security checks for self and baggage.

"Permission to Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav and his wife Smt Rabri Devi for access in their own vehicle upto the tarmac of Patna airport during departure/arrival by air at Patna airport, has now been decided that the permission accorded to Shri Lalu Prasad Yadav and Smt Rabri Devi ... may be withdrawn forthwith. BCAS is accordingly requested to take immediate action to issue necessary instructions this regard to all concerned,” aviation ministry’s order stated.

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