PM Modi's 'security breach': SC orders protection of records pertaining to PM's movement in Punjab

By Rajan Nath -- January 07, 2022 12:02 pm -- Updated:January 07, 2022 1:47 pm

PM Narendra Modi's 'security breach': The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Registrar General of Punjab and Haryana High Court to secure and preserve the travel records of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Punjab forthwith.

The Supreme Court also directed Punjab and police authorities, SPG, and other Central and State agencies to cooperate and provide necessary assistance to seal the entire record.

The top court on Friday started hearing of a plea seeking probe into Prime Minister Narendra Modi's security breach during his visit to Punjab's Ferozepur.

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The Senior advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for petitioner lawyers' voice, told the Supreme Court that the 'breach' in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's security is not merely a law and order problem, it falls under Special Protection Groups (SPG) Act.

He added that it was the duty of the Centre and State/UT and other local authorities to act in aid of the director of any member of the SPG. "Under the SPG Act, it is not an issue of state subject or law and order," he said.

"The issue of PM protection is a national security issue and comes under parliamentary purview. The incident needs to be professionally investigated," advocate Maninder Singh said.

He further said that the state was not exclusively empowered to probe (the breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security) and this is not a law and order issue. "The chairman of the state-appointed Committee was a part of a huge service-related scam," he added.

Meanwhile, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the apex court that this matter cannot be left to just anyone and that it's a matter of cross-border terrorism thus NIA official may assist the probe.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said that the incident has caused international embarrassment. Senior advocate DS Patwalia, AG of Punjab told the top court that Punjab was taking the issue very seriously. A committee was constituted by the State govt on the same day of the incident, he added.

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-PTC News

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