MEA takes up Kalam frisking issue with US authorities

New Delhi: The External Affairs Ministry has taken up the issue of frisking of former President A P J Abdul Kalam by officials of the Continental Airlines with the US authorities, highly-placed sources said on Tuesday.

The sources said the Civil Aviation Ministry has already briefed the MEA regarding the factual position on the matter.

While a complaint has been filed with the Delhi Police, "this has not yet been put into a chargesheet as there are some gray areas", they said.

The three-month-old incident created an uproar in the country, with political leaders raising the issue in Parliament.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has registered a complaint on the matter with the Station House Officer of IGI Airport Police Station.

In its complaint, the BCAS has said 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 its circular which exempt specified VVIPS and VIPs from pre-embarkation checks.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also deplored the incident and said Kalam was entitled to all courtesies that are extended to the Heads and former Heads of State.

Continental Airlines have apologized for the incident.

Bureau Report