On the day when the issue regarding the lapse in the security detail of the Prime Minister of India in Punjab was mentioned before the Apex Court by Senior Advocate Maninder Singh and the matter is to be heard by the bench of Chief Justice tomorrow, the Chairman of the Bar Council of Punjab and Haryana, Minderjeet Yadav has written a letter to the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court at Chandigarh urging to take suo moto cognisance of the security lapse.
The Chairman in his letter stated that "Punjab Government's effort was nothing short of cynical connivance with farmers' supported unions, when the PM's convoy was blocked at the flyover near village Piareana in the Ghall Khurd tehsil of Ferozepur district while enroute to National Martyrs' Memorial at Ferozepur's Hussainiwala village on the border with Pakistan."
The letter pointed out that although the Punjab Government was informed well in advance, the government had failed to make necessary arrangements for the security and also failed to prepare a contingency plan as was to be routinely done.
The Chairman requested in his letter to take suo moto cognisance and "consider setting up a Commission of Enquiry to judiciously examine evidences like Advance Security Liaison reports, central and state inputs, protectee's itinerary, state security audits, police route maps, IB clearance certificates, federal checking mechanism, alternatives and contingency plans, local intelligence diaries etc. to reach an appropriate conclusion to ascertain whether there is a visible breakdown of constitutional machinery in the State."
In this letter, he emphasised that this kind of judicial scrutiny is absolutely necessary "to discipline a rogue state government."