PM ‘Security Lapse’ : Case In Supreme Court; Probes Ordered By Centre, Punjab Govt.

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Sc Hearing IN PM Security Lapse Issue Ongoing Toda
There have been serious allegations and sharp comments between political parites, principally the Congress and the BJP, regarding the alleged ‘lapse’ in the security of the Prime Minister two days ago during his visit to Ferozepur in Punjab for inauguration of developmental projects and electioneering.

The Home Ministry and the BJP have been constantly targeting the Congress government ruling in Punjab, as well as its administration and police, with sharp allegations such as “a murderous intent” to harm the Prime Minister, as said by Union Minister Smriti Irani. 


The Punjab police is also being blamed for not ensuring the smooth passage of the Prime Minister’s convoy, which got blocked and left the Prime Minister stuck on a flyover for over 15-20 minutes on his way to Hussainiwala in Ferozepur district.

Home Ministry, State Government Form Separate Probe Panels

The Home Ministry and the state government of Punjab have formed their own committees to investigate the alleged ‘security lapse’. A three-member panel consisting of Sudhir Kumar Saxena, Secretary (Security) in the Cabinet Secretariat as head, with Balbir Singh, Joint Director of Intelligence Bureau, and S Suresh, Inspector-General of SPG has been formed by the Home Ministry.

A two-member panel comprising of retired Justice Mehtab Gill and Principal Secretary of the Department of Home Affairs, Anurag Verma, formed by the Punjab government, will also probe the matter.

Allegations And Refutations By BJP And Congress

The BJP has released what it says are “memos” of the Punjab police in which the last-minute changes in the route due to being blocked by protestors and bad weather making the PM’s travel by helicopter unfeasible. Supposedly, the memos asked the cops to “make necessary diversion plans”.

 

 

The Congress, on the other hand, has said that the Prime Minister’s security is in the hands of the SPG (Special Protection Group) which handles all logistics and arrangements. It has said that the Prime Minister’s travel plan from Bathinda to Hussainiwala was not told to the state police in a breach of protocol.

Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi said that he and his government ‘regret’ the incident but refused to take responsibility for it. He has been accused of not responding to SOS calls by the PM’s security detail, which he has refuted.

Case In Supreme Court To Dismiss State Home Minister, DGP

A PIL (Public Interest Litigation) been filed by Lawyers’ Voice, a legal collective based in Hauz Khas, Delhi. It being heard today in the Supreme Court.

 It says that the state’s home minister and its Director-General of Police (DGP) should be sacked for the ‘lapse’ which could have led to great harm, or death, to the Prime Minister. The petitioners have urged the court to monitor the probe into the lapse.

Senior Advcate Maninder Singh said that a district magistrate accompanied by an NIA officer should gather evidence, including all documentation pertaining to the PM’s travel plans.

 

He also said that the state government of Punjab cannot order a probe into the incident. "This is not an law and order issue and breach is visibly seen in public domain. This needs to be professionally investigated”, Singh said.

 

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