SC halts probes by Centre, Punjab govt. into PM security breach case

Calls for securing records relating to PM’s Punjab visit on Jan. 5

New Delhi, Jan. 7 (Delhi Crown): The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Registrar General of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to secure the records relating to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab on January 5, during which an alleged security lapse occurred when a group of protesters blocked the PM’s convoy.

The apex court directed the state of Punjab, central and state agencies to cooperate with the Registrar General and provide entire records immediately. The Court said that both the Director-General of Police of Chandigarh UT and an officer from NIA can be nodal officers.

The Court also orally asked the Central Government and the Punjab Government to put on hold the proceedings of the respective committees constituted by them to enquire into the security lapse till next Monday.

“Ask both the committees to hold their operations till Monday. This will not be in order but it’s understood,” Chief Justice of India Ramana told the Solicitor General of India and the Advocate General of Punjab.

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