Fix responsibility for CM Arvind Kejriwal house security lapse: Delhi HC | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The breach of security by protesters at the residence of CM Arvind Kejriwal “needs investigation at the highest level”, the Delhi HC said while seeking a report from the police commissioner on the matter.
The court recorded in the final order that “the bandobust made outside the residence of the chief minister and on the road leading to his residence, in the wake of the permission sought on behalf of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha which was declined, was inadequate. It failed to prevent some miscreants from eventually reaching the gates of the CM residence and vandalising the area and public property.”
The breach took place on March 30, during a BJYM protest against the CM’s remarks on “The Kashmir Files” movie.
“This kind of incident happening at the residence of any constitutional functionary —whether it is the CM (or) it could be a judge of the high court or Supreme Court, it could be any Union minister – this is a very disturbing state of affairs that this kind of a thing could in the first place occur or such miscreants should succeed…you seriously need to look into your efficiency and functioning,” the bench remarked after examining the report.
The HC highlighted that the police had intimation that such a protest was planned and had in anticipation put up barricades at three points. “Was any message sent to get additional force when the barricades were being breached? Were any wireless messages sent regarding the mob at the CM’s residence and the breach?” the bench wondered.
It directed the CP to “inquire into, firstly, whether the bandobust was adequate (and) secondly, the reasons for the failure of the arrangements made and…fix responsibility for the lapse which admittedly has occurred.”
Additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain, appearing for Delhi Police, stated that investigation in the matter was on and a review of the CM’s security had been undertaken, and the petition should thus be closed. He added that the incident can’t be compared — as was being done by the petitioner — with the security lapse in Punjab when PM Modi was stuck at a flyover since both are “different situations”. Although the incident “ought to not have happened”, a failure does not mean that the bandobust was “fundamentally flawed”, the ASG contended.
But the bench responded by saying that “once there is a failure, it has to come with consequences… Responsibility has to be fixed so that remedial action is taken. This is an important facet of our democracy, irrespective of ideology. Just like we say the Prime Minister is the PM of the country and no one can say he is not our PM, it is the constitutional office of CM we are concerned with. It is not about A individual or B individual.”
Senior advocates Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Rahul Mehra, appearing for the petitioner, urged the court to constitute an SIT for an impartial and independent probe into the incident. Singhvi alleged that the same political party first “facilitated” the attack and later “felicitated” the accused persons who were seen in the videos and pictures of the incident.


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