Delhi High Court Adjourns Hearing Of A PIL Regarding Security Of Prime Minister
The Delhi High Court today adjourned the hearing of the PIL, which sought to ensure the security of the Prime Minister in the light of the January 5 incident in Punjab.
The Bench of Chief Justice D.N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh observed that "as Hon'ble Supreme Court is already seized the matter, the matter will be adjourned to 30th April ".
Mr. V Govinda Raman appeared for the Petitioner while Mr. Amit Mahajan appeared for the Union of India.
Mr. Amit Mahajan contended that since the Supreme Court is already seized of the matter and a committee has already been formulated to probe the security lapse, the High Court ought not to interfere at this stage.
The petition seeks a declaration that in terms of Section 14 of the Special Protection Group Act, 1988, all the authorities, be it civil or military, state, central or local shall act as per the directions or under the superintendence of the Director or any member of the Special Protection Group, whenever called upon for ensuring the proximate security of the Hon'ble Prime Minister and his immediate family members while discharging their duties in terms of the SPG Act, 1988.
The petition also alleged that the Government of Punjab, including the Police officials, instead of coming to the aid of the Special Protection Group in terms of Section 14 of the SPG Act, 1988 was creating obstacles to the proximate security of the Hon'ble Prime Minister.
The petitioner claims that he got to know via media reports that there has been a breach in the security of the Prime Minister during his recent visit to the border state of Punjab on 5th January, which can be gauged from the fact that his convoy was stuck and was made to wait on a flyover for more than 20 minutes, posing a risk on his life.
The petitioner further claimed that the petition has been filed to protect the interests of the citizens of the country and to further protect the national security of the country.
The Division Bench adjourned the matter to April 30, to await the result of the case pending before the Supreme Court.