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Airport fuss glare on MPs

New Delhi, Dec. 4: The Union home ministry is planning to name and shame MPs who try to browbeat staff at airports when asked to undergo mandatory security checks, sources said.

The decision follows “false” complaints of misbehaviour some MPs filed against the CISF staff in charge of security at airports, the sources said.

Union minister of state for home R.P.N. Singh today informed the Lok Sabha that five MPs had complained against CISF personnel during 2012 but all the complaints were found to be untrue.

“All cases were thoroughly inquired into and it was found that almost all the incidents termed misbehaviour were related to cases where ID proof had been requested from the MPs during entry to the terminal building ,” Singh said.

The minister named the five MPs, who include one from Bengal: Gobinda Chandra Naskar, a Trinamul Congress MP from Bongaon. Naskar confirmed he had filed such a complaint but refused to comment on the minister’s assertion that it was false. The MP said he would speak about it tomorrow.

In 2011, 20 MPs and bureaucrats had filed “false” complains of misbehaviour against security staff, ministry sources said. An inquiry revealed the MPs were at fault, refusing to undergo checks and creating a scene when told they were not exempt.

“We are planning to publish the names of such MPs in the ministry’s annual report from this year. This will act as a deterrent as some of our parliamentarians believe that they are more equal than other passengers,” the official said.

According to the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security rules, MPs are not exempt from checks at any airport.

Prakash Javadekar, a BJP Rajya Sabha MP, said: “I always stand along with common passengers and make myself available for all checks. If the home ministry wants to publish names of MPs who do not abide by the rules, they are welcome to do so.” Congress MP Rashid Alvi said “nobody is above the law”.