PM security breach: Supreme Court appoints 5-member panel led by ex-judge Indu Malhotra



SC sets up a panel to probe the PM’s security breach

New Delhi: The Supreme Court appointed a five-member panel headed by retired judge Judge Indu Malhotra to investigate the security breach during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Punjab on January 5.

CJI NV Ramana’s SC bench and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli asked Judge Malhotra’s panel to submit an investigative report as soon as possible.

The other members of the investigative committee appointed by the SC and headed by Judge Malhotra are – the Director General of the NIA or its non-IG candidate, the DGP of Chandigarh UT, the DGP of Punjab and the Registrar General of the Punjab and of the High Court of Haryana.

The Supreme Court asked the Registrar General of HC to submit to the Commission of Inquiry all the files and documents collected by him on the orders of the SC.

The Supreme Court further said that the panel will investigate the causes of the security breach, who is responsible for it, and what steps can be taken in the future to prevent such breaches of VVIP security.

Previously, the Supreme Court had requested the Registrar General of HC to submit all records and documents collected by him on the order of the SC to the Commission of Inquiry.

Earlier on Monday, the Supreme Court asked the central government and the government of the Punjab not to continue investigations by the committees they have formed.

The prime minister was stuck on top of a flyover for 15 to 20 minutes on his way to Ferozepur, Punjab, earlier this month due to the road being blocked by some protesters.

The prime minister was due to visit Ferozepur and lay the foundation stone for several development projects worth over Rs 42,750 crore. After the security breach, he decided to return to Bathinda airport.

The Union Interior Ministry requested a report from the Punjab government on the security breach during the prime minister’s visit to the Punjab, calling it a major flaw in its security.

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