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PM Modi security lapse: SC directs Punjab and Haryana HC Registrar General to 'preserve' PM's travel records

In a major security breach, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's convoy was stuck on a flyover in Punjab for 20 minutes on Wednesday, after which his visit to Ferozepur for a rally was cancelled.  

PM Modi security lapse: SC directs Punjab and Haryana HC Registrar General to 'preserve' PM's travel records-dnm
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New Delhi, First Published Jan 7, 2022, 12:17 PM IST
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The Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Registrar General of Punjab and Haryana High Court to secure and preserve the travel records of Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Punjab forthwith.

In a major security breach, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's convoy was stuck on a flyover in Punjab for 20 minutes on Wednesday, after which his visit to Ferozepur for a rally was cancelled.  

The SC bench comprising CJI NV Ramana, Justices Hima Kohli and Surya Kant was hearing a plea by an organisation named ‘Lawyer's Voice’ which sought a judicial probe in PM Modi's security breach. 

CJI NV Ramana ordered the Punjab government, police authorities, the SPG and other central agencies to give necessary assistance to the Registrar General to seal the entire record.

Also read: Exclusive video of PM Modi's convoy waiting for 20 minutes over flyover in Punjab

The SC said, “Forthwith we direct Punjab and police officers and SPG and other Central and state agencies to cooperate and provide necessary assistance to the Registrar General. We direct the Registrar General to keep all records in his safe custody.”

It also appointed Chandigarh DG and an NIA officer as nodal officers to assist the Registrar General. Moreover, the Supreme Court has directed both Central and State committees to hold their operations till Monday.

On the other hand, Punjab Advocate General DS Patwalia stressed that the state government is not taking this issue lightly. He said certainly there was a lapse and the state didn't want to join issue with the petitioners or the Centre.

Patwalia, however, said both the Centre and the state committees should hold their horses till Monday. “We can proceed according to the directions of this court,” he said.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said the records must be secured first and then the top court can decide the future course of action on Monday.

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