PM security lapse: SC constituted inquiry committee, this former Justice to preside

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday constituted an inquiry committee into PM Narendra Modi's security lapses. It will be headed by former Judge Indu Malhotra. The Committee will see who is responsible for the lapse in the security of the Prime Minister and what should be done in future so that such an incident does not happen again. The decision was pronounced by a bench of CJI NV Ramanna, Justice Suryakant and Justice Hima Kohli. An Inquiry Committee has been constituted to remove the blame for unilateral investigation.

The Supreme Court Committee consists of the Registrar General of Punjab-Haryana High Court, DG NIA or any officer nominated on his behalf (not below IG rank) besides former Judge Indu Malhotra. DG of Chandigarh Police and ADGP (Security) of Punjab have also been included. The Supreme Court, while pronouncing its verdict in the case of lapses in prime minister Modi's security, said an inquiry committee has been constituted to remove the blame for unilateral investigation. Supreme Court says the committee will file its report at the earliest.

In the same judgement, the Supreme Court has held that such a sensitive issue relating to security violations of the Prime Minister cannot be left to a unilateral inquiry by the Central or State Governments, hence banning the proceedings of the Punjab Government and the Inquiry Committees constituted by the Centre. In such a situation, a trained independent and judicial person needs to be given the responsibility of investigation. Which the rest of the Members will cooperate with. While hearing the case, the Supreme Court had said that it is serious about prime minister Modi's security.

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