New Delhi: Several Advocates on Record in the Supreme Court on Monday received threatening calls against seeking investigation into the security breach during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab last week. The caller, reportedly from the UK, while claiming responsibility for the blockade warned the Apex Court against hearing the case. The Supreme Court was scheduled to hear a plea on Monday seeking a court-monitored probe into the breach of PM Modi’s security on January 5.
The caller, who claimed to be the general counsel of Sikhs for Justice reportedly said that the SFJ was responsible for blocking the way of PM Modi’s convoy and holding them at a flyover in Punjab. The calls were reportedly received shortly before a three-judge bench comprising Chief Justice NV Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli was likely to take up the plea.
Speaking to India Ahead, advocate Deepak Prakash, who is a lawyer at the Supreme Court, said, “This is totally unexpected and in my group, all the advocates have received the call. They are saying that you don’t investigate the matter.”
Prakash, who also received the call twice, said it was a recorded message in English saying “we are responsible for the blockade of the Prime Minister” and the group has also held the Modi government for not delivering justice in the 1984 Sikh riots case.
In the tweet below, listen to advocate Deepak Prakash speak to India Ahead on the issue.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has agreed to set up an independent panel to probe the matter. As per reports, the committee will be headed by a former Supreme Court judge. The Apex Court has asked the Centre and the Punjab government to put a hold on the ongoing investigations by panels that were appointed and said that detailed orders regarding the decision will be issued soon.
According to the reports, the panel will be headed by a retired Supreme Court judge, while Punjab DGP, IG NIA, and Registrar General Punjab will join the probe committee as members.
On January 5, Prime Minister Modi’s convoy was stranded on a flyover for 15-20 minutes due to a blockade by protesters in Punjab’s Ferozpur, following which the PM cancelled his rally and returned from the poll-bound state.
The incident stoked up a major controversy as the Centre held the Congress government in the state responsible for the “major lapse” in security. However, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi denied there was any security lapse or political motive behind the incident and said that his government was ready for an inquiry.
Earlier on Friday, senior advocate Maninder Singh appearing for petitioner Lawyers’ Voice told the Supreme Court that the breach in Prime Minister’s security is not merely a law and order problem, it falls under Special Protection Groups (SPG) Act.
The plea alleges that Prime Minister’s security breach was a deliberate lapse on part of the state government and stern action should be taken against “erring” officials of the Punjab government.
Senior advocate Maninder Singh has previously mentioned the matter on Thursday before the top court while terming it a serious lapse and sought a probe.