Hyderabad: Security protocols as mandated by Ministry of Civil Aviation do not allow any exemption from security checks at airports in the country for former Chief Ministers among a host of others, Inspector General of Police, Andhra Pradesh, E Damodar has said.
Following the ongoing brouhaha over former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu being subjected to a security check at Gannavaram airport recently, Damodar, in a press release said there was a lot of uninformed discussion on several media platforms on the issue resulting on confusion among general public over security protocols for VIPs at airports.
The police officer had worked for a longtime as SP VIP Security in undivided Andhra Pradesh after the assassination of the then home minister A Madhava Reddy. He is considered well-informed in VIP Security protocols.
He said as per the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS), an independent regulatory body, was mandated by the Ministry to follow the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPS) of the International Civil Aviation Organization, to which India is also a signatory. As per these SARPS, BCAS has laid down that former Chief Ministers, even those with Z Plus security cover, are not exempt from airport screening checks.
He also recalled that former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was also subject to similar checks until she sought and received an exemption from Ministry of Civil Aviation.
In the press release, Damodar said security personnel at airports – whether from CISF, APSPF at Gannavaram airport or Bellary District Civil Police at Jindal Vidyanagar Airport or private security agencies, have to adhere to BCAS’ aviation security norms.
Everyone should appreciate the security personnel at Gannavaram airport and at other airports for performing their duties diligently and professionally as per the aviation security protocols, he added.