January27 , 2022

PM Security Breach “Complete Intel Failure”, Centre Blames Cops – Live Updates



PM Modi’s Security Breach: A report has been demanded from intelligence agencies over the security lapse.

New Delhi:

Supreme Court resumes hearing a plea on the recent breach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security in Punjab.

On January, the Prime Minister’s convoy was stranded on a flyover due to a blockade by protesters in Ferozepur after which he returned from poll-bound Punjab without attending the planned events, including a rally.

A three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli are taking up the plea filed by an organisation, Lawyers Voice.

The top court on Friday had directed the Registrar General of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to “secure and preserve” the records pertaining to arrangements made for the prime minister’s visit to Punjab when there was a “massive security breach”.

It had also said the inquiry committees set up separately by the state and central governments will hold their horses and not proceed with their respective inquiries till January 10 when the matter will be taken up again by the court. The bench, however, did not dictate it as part of the order, and had asked the counsels to convey its feelings to the authorities.

Here are the Live Updates onĀ PM Modi’s Security Breach:

SG Tushar Mehta: There was complete intelligence failure

SG Tushar Mehta: Punjab Police DG was supposed to give clear communication to the PM’s convoy

SG Tushar Mehta: There has been a clear violation of the SPG Act. The police officials are responsible. Its very serious that the state is defending them. Central committer had to be formed

SG Tushar Mehta reads out the rules:

Rule 9….Whenever the Prime Minister visits any place, large crowds collect to see or to hear him. Under Section 31 of the Indian Police Act, it is the duty of the police to maintain order whenever there is an assembly, irrespective of the purpose for which the assembly takes place, and keep public roads and thoroughfares open. The maintenance of order is essential to allow people to fulfill their desire of seeing and hearing the Prime Minister without confusion or inconvenience to themselves. Order is also necessary to neutralize criminals who frequent places where people congregate. Crowds have to be properly controlled by a judicious deployment of police and by erecting barricades at road crossings and other congested parts of the route. This would prevent a stampede, which may cause serious damage to life and property. Moreover, the carriageway should be kept free as crowds may encroach on the roads and cause obstructions. There are the normal duties of the police, which must be carried out on all occasions, and it is not the intention of these rules to interfere with the discretion of the police in this regard in anyway.

SG Tushar Mehta: There were no IB inputs from the Punjab police which is their responsibility.

SG Tushar Mehta: There was no intimation to the convoy that there was a gathering of a group of protesters

CJI NV Ramana: We got a compliance report at 10 am today

Maninder Singh for petitioners: You can take it up later then when you have gone through the report

SG Tushar Mehta: That was only for collection of evidence

CJI NV Ramana to Punjab Government: Why have all pictures not been put in the report?

DS Patwalia for Punjab: The petitioner had raised questions on our Committee but we will also not get a fair hearing before a central agency. 7 show cause notices have been issued to the SSP as to why action should not be taken against him. No opportunity given for hearing. I will not get justice from Central Govt committee

DS Patwalia for Punjab: Need for independent probe

CJI NV Ramana: Read show cause notice

DS Patwalia for Punjab: show cause notice to the state chief secretary… where it says there it appears prima facie violation of responsibilities bestowed under the SPG Act and not ensuring smooth VVIP travel. show cause notice premediates and assumes everything against us. 24 hrs given for reply… i dont expect a fair hearing at all. there needs to be an independent probe.

SG Tushar Mehta: these notices were issued before your order. Punjab is relying on show cause notice to Chief Sect. There are misconceptions by State Govt.

SG Tushar Mehta: SPG remains around the protectee. Please see the definition of proximate security under SPG Act..it means protection from close quarters while on travel.. SPG is there for proximate security. Now what is the role of the state/UT police. There is a blue book which is followed for the procedure

Bench of CJI NV Ramana, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Hima Kohli is hearing the plea.