//SC stays order on judges exemption from airport security checks

SC stays order on judges exemption from airport security checks

New Delhi: High court judges will not be exempted from security checks at airports, with the Supreme Court staying an earlier judgement of the Rajasthan High Court on this issue.

A three-member bench comprising Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal and judges C K Thakker and R V Raveendran granted the stay on Friday while admitting a special leave petition filed by the government that sought the quashing of the high court order.

After finding from the government’s VIP list that Robert Vadra, the husband of Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s daughter Priyanka, had been exempted from security checks, the apex court asked Solicitor General G E Vahanvati whether exemption from mandatory checks for a VIP could be extended to his or her spouse.

The bench said there was no problem for exempting the first 20 VIPs on the list in keeping with the norms of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.

It asked Vahanvati to find out why Vadra, whose name was 21st on the VIP list, had been granted the exemption. "Tell us which other spouse is given this exemption," the judges said.

Vahanvati said he would take instructions from authorities concerned and file an affidavit.

The petition said the VIP list prepared in August 2005 covered chief justices of high courts but did not include judges.