The Centre is mulling motion beneath the Special Protection Group (SPG) Act in opposition to sure Punjab Police officers following an alleged safety breach throughout Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s go to to the state on Wednesday.
PM Modi’s cavalcade was stranded on a flyover 30 km from National Martyrs Memorial in Hussainiwala, Punjab following protesters blocking the highway forward. Calling it “a major lapse in the security of PM”, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Wednesday sought a report from the Punjab authorities and stated it had requested the state authorities “to fix responsibility for this lapse and take strict action”.
Sources stated that even because the state authorities probes the incident, the Centre is getting ready to take motion in opposition to erring officers beneath provisions of the SPG. This may entail summoning of accountable officers to Delhi or establishment of a central degree enquiry in opposition to them, added sources.
“What happened on Wednesday in Punjab is a violation of the SPG Act as the state government failed to follow all protocols set by the SPG for the PM’s movement. Things are being worked out. Action will be taken,” stated a authorities supply.
Section 14 of the SPG Act makes the state authorities chargeable for offering all help to the SPG in the course of the PM’s motion.
The provisions titled ‘Assistance to Group’ states: “It shall be the duty of every Ministry and Department of the Central Government or the State Government or the Union territory Administration, every Indian Mission, every local or other authority or every civil or military authority to act in aid of the Director or any member of the Group whenever called upon to do so in furtherance of the duties and responsibilities assigned to such Director or member.”
In December 2020, when a convoy of BJP president JP Nadda was allegedly attacked by Trinamool Congress (TMC) staff throughout a political rally in West Bengal, the home ministry directed IG (South Bengal Range) Rajiv Mishra, DIG (Presidency Range) Praveen Tripathi and SP (North 24 Parganas) Bholanath Pandey to report back to Delhi for a deputation with the central authorities as they had been in control of making certain safety to the convoy.
The three officers, nonetheless, weren’t launched by the state authorities for central deputation.
The MHA then sought a report from the chief secretary and the director common of police (DGP) of West Bengal and even summoned them to Delhi for a gathering. The state, nonetheless, didn’t ship a report and the 2 officers sought an excuse from the Centre on the bottom that the state authorities was already probing the matter.
The developments led to a confrontation between the TMC and the BJP then, with the previous calling the MHA as being “vindictive”.