Digital Desk, New Delhi. The Supreme Court will on Wednesday announce the name of the retired apex court judge, who will head the committee to probe into the security lapses of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Punjab last week. After a detailed hearing in the matter on Monday, Chief Justice N.V. A bench headed by Ramana and comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hema Kohli said the court would constitute a committee, headed by a retired apex court judge, to probe into the security breach of the PM. The bench asked both the Center and the Punjab government not to proceed with their respective investigations in the matter.
The bench said that it will pass a detailed order in the matter. During the hearing, the bench orally proposed that the other members of the committee would be Director General of Police, Chandigarh, Inspector General, National Investigation Agency (NIA), Registrar General of Punjab and Haryana High Court and Additional DGP, Security (Punjab). We are taking the security breach of the Prime Minister very seriously. It said that it would ask the committee to submit its report to it within a short time.
Advocate General D.S. Patwalia complained against the show cause notices being sent to the state chief secretary and the DGP. He requested the apex court to constitute an independent committee to probe the matter. Patwalia said, hang me if I am guilty, but don’t condemn me.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, on behalf of the Centre, defended the show cause notice issued by the Central Government. However, the top court expressed its displeasure over the Centre’s stand and questioned what is the point of asking the court to probe the matter if the Center itself wanted to go ahead. Senior advocate Maninder Singh, representing Delhi-based petitioner Lawyers Voice, stressed on the importance of security to the PM of the country and referred to the previous judgment given by the apex court under the SPG Act.
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