Illustration: Salome Jane Prakash
Illustration: Salome Jane Prakash

PM's Punjab visit: SC seeks security measures records

One-liner: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Registrar General of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to forthwith secure the records pertaining to security measures for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent Punjab visit.

Probe the lapses: A  bench asked the counsel for the Punjab and central govts to ask the committees set up by them separately to probe the lapses during the visit of the PM, to hold their hands till Monday when it will hear the plea next.

Need to know: It also directed the Punjab govt, its police authorities and other Central and state agencies to cooperate and provide all the entire relevant records immediately to the Registrar General.

  • The bench then posted the case for further hearing to Jan 10

Plea by NGO: The top court was hearing the plea of an organisation Lawyer's Voice seeking a thorough probe into the breach in  Modi's security in Punjab and ensuring there is no such event in the future.

PM's convoy stranded: On Wednesday, the PM'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 any event, including a rally.

  • The plea also sought a direction to the Union Home Ministry to initiate departmental action against the state chief secretary and the Director General of Police

Take cognisance: The plea urged the court to take cognisance of the matter and ensure that official records are not tampered with and presented before it at the earliest.

Complicity alleged: It is shocking that an overwhelming section of the blockage of the road was consisting of police personnel on the spot which made the complicity of the State authorities apparent, the plea alleged. 

Source: PTI