A report published in The Times of India suggests that some airports have begun blanking out the name of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law, Robert Vadra, from the list of those exempt from frisking before flying.
The report stated that Vadra's name had been taken off at the Goa airport, a decision that was also reportedly influenced by passenger anger.
"Several passengers used to ask us what Vadra's credentials were to be on that list. So we plastered it out. Now, many express happiness at not seeing his name," TOI quoted a security official at the Goa airport as saying.
The TOI report said however, that the home ministry was yet to take a call on removing Vadra's name from the list.
The list is prepared by the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) on the basis of inputs given by the Home Ministry.
The BCAS has 30 individuals on the exempt list, including the President and Special Protection Group (SPG) protectees. Vadra's wife, Priyanka Gandhi, too had written to SPG chief demanding that her husband's name be removed from the exempt list on May 30 last year.