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Probe Into the PM's Security Breach

On Wednesday (January 5th), the PM’s convoy was left stuck on a flyover for 20mins as people protest on roads.

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was en route to a BJP rally in Firozpur, Punjab when his convoy was stuck on a flyover for around 20 minutes, due to protest blocking the road ahead. The incident took place on a flyover near the piarenana village where around 50 farmers were protesting. An FIR has been filed to investigate this breach of security.

The Supreme Court on Monday declared that it would form a committee headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to conduct an inquiry into the problems that led to the serious security breach on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court appointed its former judge Indu Malhotra to head a five-member committee to probe the security breach during the prime minister’s visit to Punjab. While both the center and the state of Punjab have convened separate panels, the bench headed by chief justice Ramana said it is “of the considered opinion that these questions cannot be left to be resolved through one-sided enquires and a judicially trained independent mind is required.”

Besides justice Indu Malhotra, the probe will include the director-general of the national agency (NIA), director-general of police, union territory of Chandigarh, and additional director general of police, Punjab, as members of Punjab high court.

 The bench also noted that while the breach did take place, there is a blame game going on between the center and the state as to who is responsible for the breach. Saying that the “war of words between them is no solution” the bench further added that” it may rather impair the need for a robust mechanism to respond at such a critical juncture”

Archna Verma, deputy secretary to the center, has stated in the letter to Bathinda SSP Ajay Saluja that “since there was grave security lapse during PM Modi’s visit, the Bathinda SSP is directed to show cause as to why action should not be taken against him under the law including disciplinary action under All India Services (Discipline and Appeal), rules, 1969, the acts of omission and commission”.

 However, the SSP noted that he did not receive any order and that he was only responsible for the convoy toll Faridkot, and it was all smooth under his direction. “After that it was Faridkot officer’s duty”, he said. It is not entirely clear if these officers would give a reply as the entire probe by the Punjab and central teams has been stayed by the supreme court.

The court asked the team to submit its report at the earliest, but it did not specify any date. The court has asked the committee to enquire “causes of the breach”,” the responsible citizen for it” and to “what extent”,” what should be the remedial measures necessary for the security of the prime minister”, “any other incidental issue that the committee may deem fit and proper”.

The court has also asked the registrar general to submit all the documents and records, seized pursuant to SC’s January 7 order and placed in the custody of Punjab high court, to justice Malhotra within three days and directed the center and the Punjab government to cooperate with the inquiry. It has also been made clear by the court that all inquiries will be halted till January 10th, when the PIL filed by lawyer’s voice is to be taken up next.

The former chief minister of Punjab Amarinder Singh Friday made a statement Friday accusing the top leadership of the state government and the ruling Congress party of making reckless statements about the security breach and acting in confusion rather than taking responsibility.

“Channi, Randhawa, and Sidhu are acting like a confused lot who have no idea about how to do their job and perform their duties”, Amarinder Singh made a statement.

The breach in security has resulted in a political uproar with congress denying that the Prime minister was put in grave danger.

Further inquiries into the matter are going on and the people responsible will be punished.

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