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Kalam frisking case: Police confused over lodging FIR

Last Updated: Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 23:19

New Delhi: Delhi Police seems to be in a state of confusion on lodging a case against officials of Continental Airlines for frisking former President APJ Abdul Kalam though government said an FIR has already been registered.
A senior police official said a case is yet to be registered in connection with the three-month-old incident which created an uproar in the country, with political leaders raising the issue in Parliament.

However, the Civil Aviation Ministry has said in a statement on July 21 that the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has registered an FIR on the matter with the Station House Officer of IGI Airport Police Station.

In its complaint, the BCAS has said that an enquiry found that the staff had wrongfully carried out pre-embarkation body check of Kalam under the direction of airlines` Security-in-charge, Country Director and Station Manager.

The BCAS also said the body check was in gross violation of a BCAS circular which exempt specified VVIPS and VIPs from pre-embarkation checks.

"The BCAS has registered an FIR with the SHO, IGI Airport Police Station, against all the concerned staff of the Continental Airlines under Section 11A of Aircraft Act, 1934 for willful violation of the directions issued by BCAS," the statement said.

However, police officials said the circular was not covered by the Act and they are now exploring ways how to tackle the issue.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, July 25, 2009 - 23:19
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