A bench headed by Chief Justice NV Ramana while appointing Inspector General of NIA, Director General of Police, Chandigarh, Registrar General of Punjab and Haryana High Court and Additional DGP (Security) Punjab as members of the committee said that questions cannot be left to one-sided investigation. .
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday constituted a five-member committee, headed by former apex court judge Indu Malhotra, to probe into security lapses during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Punjab.
A three-judge bench of Chief Justice NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli said “the questions cannot be left to a unilateral inquiry” and there is a need to supervise the investigation by a person of jurisdiction.
The bench also appointed Inspector General of National Investigation Agency (NIA), Director General of Police, Chandigarh, Registrar General of Punjab and Haryana High Court and Additional DGP (Security) Punjab as members of the committee.
The top court has directed the Registrar General of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to immediately make available all the seized documents related to the security arrangements made by the Punjab government for the Prime Minister’s visit on January 5 to the committee chief.
The bench said that this committee will file its report “at the earliest”. The bench said the apex court-appointed committee will examine the points as to who is responsible for the security breach and to what extent, remedial measures are necessary. The committee will give suggestions on the protection of constitutional functionaries to ensure that such incidents do not happen in future.
He returned from Punjab without attending any event, including a rally, after the prime minister’s convoy got stuck on a flyover in Firozpur on January 5 due to road blockade by protesters.
the wire In one of its reports, it was told that the delay was probably because the Punjab Police had turned towards it due to the sudden appearance of a batch of farmers led by the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Revolutionary). At the same time, due to bad weather, the original plan of the Prime Minister to reach Ferozepur by helicopter was also changed.
The protesting farmers, however, say that they were not even near the prime minister and that there could be no “threat to his life”. On the other hand, the videos that surfaced show that the people who raised slogans of ‘Narendra Modi Zindabad’ coming near the prime minister’s car were BJP workers.
On January 10, the top court had completed the hearing in the matter and said it would constitute a committee, headed by a former judge, to probe the security breach. The court had also stayed parallel investigation by committees of the Center and the state.
The top court gave this order on the petition of NGO ‘Lawyers Voice’. The organization had requested for a direction to conduct a thorough investigation into the breach in the security of the Prime Minister in Punjab to ensure that such incidents do not happen again in future.
The bench had also taken note of the concerns of the Punjab government that its officials were being condemned without any action by a central government panel and ordered that “all investigations should be closed”.
The Center justified the issuance of show-cause notices, saying they were based on “non-compliance with statutory schemes” regarding the role of the state police in providing security to the prime minister.
In this petition by Bijan Kumar Singh, vice-chairman of ‘Lawyer’s Voice’, the incident was called a ‘pre-planned conspiracy to breach the security of the Prime Minister and endanger the national security’.
The petition, filed through advocate Sandeep Singh, has requested, “Serious and willful action on the part of Respondent No. 1, 2 and 3 (State Government, Chief Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) with regard to the security and movement of the Prime Minister of the country). Cognizance of the lapse committed should be taken.
The plea has sought a direction to the District Judge, Bathinda to collect “all official documents and material from all possible sources” relating to the activities and deployment of Punjab Police in connection with the Yatra at the earliest and place them before the apex court. Present.
Apart from this, the petition has also been requested to direct the Union Home Ministry to initiate departmental action against the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police of the state.
According to the petition, ‘the petitioner… is trying to raise an important question through the said incident that if the Prime Minister of the country can face such a situation, then the fundamental rights of citizens guaranteed under the Constitution are in serious trouble in Punjab and elsewhere in the country. are in.’
(with input from news agency language)
read this also…
Categories: India, Politics, Special