SC to Form Probe Panel Headed by Retired Judge

Story Highlights
  • A three judge bench hears the PM security breach case.
  • Committee constituted by SC to probe breach incident.
  • A plea was filed in the SC, after a lapse in PM Modi's security was reported on Jan5th

New Delhi: A three-judge panel comprising Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli is hearing the plea filed by an organisation. CJI NV Ramana asserted that the panel is seeking to appointing a retired SC judge to head the inquiry committee. The committee, comprising DGP of Chandigarh, IG of NIA, the registrar general of the high court, and the additional DG of Punjab, can conduct the inquiry and file a report.”

Solicitor General, Tushar Mehta representing centre claimed an intelligence failure of the Punjab police led to the breach. Enlisting the rules to be followed on PMs visit, solicitor Mehta said “there is violation of the SPG Act and that the police officials are responsible”. A rigourous argument on the show cause notices that were issued to DG and Chief Secretary of Punjab was witnessed.

On 5th January, the Prime Minister’s convoy was stranded on a flyover due to a blockade by protesters in Ferozepur after which he returned from poll-bound Punjab without attending the planned events, including a rally. The lapse in the PMs security is a matter of national security and has garnered huge political mileage. Haul of criticism poured in towards the Charanjeet Singh government which apparently failed to provide security to the PMs convoy.

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