Former SC judge Indu Malhotra lead probe into PM Modi security breach
The Supreme Court said that question does not arise on one-sided enquiry. We need an independent probe. The term and references of the panel have also been mentioned in the order, the committee should enquire into what caused the breach
New Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge, Justice Indu Malhotra will probe into the security lapse of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Punjab. The Supreme Court monitoring panel will submit its report as early as possible.
Chief Justice, N.V. Ramana headed bench stated in its order that, DG of National Investigating Agency, or Inspection General level officer nominated by him, police chief Union Territory of Chandigarh, ADGP (Security) of Punjab and Register General of the Punjab and Haryana High Court will be part of the panel.
In the order, the bench said that question does not arise on one-sided enquiry. We need an independent probe. The term and references of the panel have also been mentioned in the order, the committee should enquire into what caused the breach. Who was responsible and what safeguards are needed to prevent such lapses in future and submit its report at the earliest.
“We are of the considered opinion that such a sensitive issue relating to breach of the Prime Minister's security can't be left to one-sided inquiries by the Centre or the state government. A judicially trained independent mind assisted by officers well-acquainted with security considerations, and the Registrar General of the High Court who had seized records on our orders, would inquire into the incident," the court said in its order.
The Bench -- which had on Monday said, "We are taking the PM's security breach very seriously" --requested the probe panel to submit its report at the earliest.
The order came on a PIL filed by 'Lawyer's Voice' seeking a thorough investigation into the security lapse during Prime Minister's visit to Punjab.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was stranded at a flyover on his way to Ferozepur in Punjab. A massive political row broke out after the security breach of Prime Minister Modi.
Congress also accused the BJP of using the security breach charges to cover up the embarrassment of thin crowds at the rally that PM Modi was to address.