New Delhi: The Supreme Court heard a request on Friday calling for a full investigation into the security breach during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Punjab on Wednesday. The plea was filed by the NGO Lawyers Voice. He called for action against those responsible for the security breach and for appropriate instructions from the government of Punjab to prevent a recurrence of such an incident in the future. The Supreme Court also called on the government of Punjab to ensure that all records and documents relating to the Prime Minister’s movements are immediately placed in the custody of the Registrar General of the High Court of Punjab and Haryana.
Prime Minister’s Safety Isn’t Just a Public Order Issue: Maninder Singh
Senior lawyer Maninder Singh, representing the NGO Lawyers Voice which filed the petition, told the bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice of India NV Ramana, that “This is not a question. public order, but this falls under the Special Protection Group Act. It’s right now about law and order in the state. Please see article 14 of the SPG law.
Maninder Singh says it is the duty of the Center and the State or UT and other local authorities to act on behalf of the director of any SPG member.
“The question of whether the SPG law and the obligation to provide assistance to the SPG have been examined by your lordships in a case concerning the trial of a former prime minister in a corruption case. The court ruled that the security of the PM cannot be lifted even if he wants to give up security, ”he said.
Senior lawyer Singh further said that under the SPG Act this was not a matter of state or law and order. The question of the protection of the Prime Minister is a question of national security and falls within parliamentary competence. “During this trip there was an inadmissible stop of PM Cavalcade and this is the highest breach .. it cannot happen,” he said.
He continued, “The need of the hour is that all documents relating to the whole trip (of Prime Minister Modi) from Bathinda to Ferozepur and Hussainiwala be taken into custody by the district magistrate in cooperation with the NIA.
“The investigation must be undertaken with the evidence protected,” he said, adding that the investigation must be undertaken by rising above the state and central politics.
Punjab government cannot investigate prime minister’s security breach, solicitor general told SC
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Supreme Court that the banned Sikhs for Justice organization launched a public call for action against the prime minister during his visit to the Punjab. “This could potentially be an incident of international terrorism,” SG Mehta said.
SG Mehta argues that the investigation into the Prime Minister’s security breach case cannot be reviewed by the state commission of inquiry. “The committee should not have been set up by the state. It is a deliberate attempt to bypass the judicial process, ”SG Mehta said, adding that the presence of an NIA officer is absolutely necessary.
Local police having tea with protesters: Solicitor General tells SC
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Center, said: “I am grateful that this tribunal is aware of such a rare problem. The incident had serious potential to cause international embarrassment. “
“The PM’s cavalcade, when it moves on the road, the State DGP is consulted. It is only after having cleared that the road is free, that the cavalcade moves. The DG in charge gave no such warning regarding road blockages, ”he said.
SG Mehta said there was also a warning car in front of the prime minister’s convoy. “The local police were having tea with the demonstrators. They didn’t inform the flyover blockade warning car, ”he said.
High-level panel formed, file submitted, report within 3 days
The government of the Punjab submitted a report to the Union Interior Ministry on Friday informing it of developments in the matter. In a “major security lack”, Prime Minister Modi’s convoy was stranded on an airlift due to a blockade by protesters in Ferozepur on Wednesday, after which he returned from the election-linked Punjab without attending any events , including a rally.
Punjab Chief Secretary Anirudh Tewari wrote to the Union Home Secretary on Friday informing him that the Punjab police have registered a case and that the state government has formed a high-level committee two members to investigate the matter. The letter also mentioned that the committee would submit its report to the state government within three days.
Major lack of security
The prime minister’s convoy was blocked on an overflight due to a blockade by protesters in Ferozepur on Wednesday, after which he returned from the election-linked Punjab without attending any events, including a rally.
The Union Home Office had ordered the state government to file an immediate report, claiming it had failed to ensure the required deployment, while Home Affairs Minister Amit Shah had said ‘Such a breach of the security procedure during the Prime Minister’s visit was totally unacceptable and that liability would be fixed.