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Supreme Court institutes committee to probe PM security lapse

A plea submitted to the Supreme Court alleged that the breach was deliberate on part of the Punjab government and demanded stern action against erring officials

The Supreme Court today set up a high-level committee to investigate the breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security during his visit to Ferozepur, Punjab, on 5 January. The panel will be headed by a retired Supreme Court judge.

The apex court also proposed to include DGP Chandigarh, IG National Investigation Agency, Registrar General of Punjab and Haryana high court, and ADGP (security) of Punjab, in the independent committee.

During the hearing, Supreme Court told the union government that a show-cause notice issued by it to Punjab officials was self-contradictory.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, told Supreme Court that the basis of the show cause notice is that as per rules DG and officials are responsible for the breach of security and there is no dispute about this. There was no pre-warning about the blockade, he said.

The plea alleged that the prime minister’s security breach was a deliberate lapse on part of the State government and stern action should be taken against “erring” officials of the Punjab government.

“Yes there is a breach and the Punjab government has admitted as well. The question is if an inquiry is held, what will be its scope. If you want to take disciplinary action against officers what remains for this court to look into?” Supreme Court said.

The Supreme Court was hearing a plea seeking a court-monitored probe into the breach of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security during his visit to Punjab last week.

The plea alleged that Prime Minister’s security breach was a deliberate lapse on part of the State government and stern action should be taken against “erring” officials of the Punjab government.

The prime minister was stuck on a flyover near Piareana village on the Moga-Ferozepur route because of a blockade by farmers participating in the #ModiGoBack campaign started by farm groups demanding a legal guarantee on MSP, among other things. He was visiting Punjab after a gap of two years since his last trip to inaugurate projects cumulatively worth Rs 42,750 crore.

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