Delhi High Court questions Centre on the Security arrangements for new residence of Subramanian Swamy
The Delhi High Court on Monday has said that Subramanian Swamy , the former Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament is not a common citizen, but a person who has been given Z category security by the Government of India.
The Delhi High Court has questioned the Central government as to how it plans security at the private residence as the fact is that they are yet to create any infrastructure for security personnel to stay.
The High Court has rejected the argument by Centre that arrangements could not be made because personnel were engaged in management of security across the city during the festive season.
The Court said to the Centre for refraining from such excuses. It further said that don’t float such general statements, that too, early in the morning.
The Court questioned if they have withdrawn security cover from him and place them to manage security during festivals?
Justice Yashwant Varma has now given the Centre three days’ time forfiling a valid response explaining the arrangements for the Swamy’s security concerns.
The Court order said that although affidavit has been tendered on behalf of Respondent on the assertion that the September 14, 2022 order has not been complied with and security arrangements have not been made.
The Court said that the learned ASG has prayed for time to file a better and comprehensive affidavit in order to assure that security concerns will be met. Let that be done in three day.
The Court will now hear the matter on November 3.
The Court was informed by the Senior Advocate Jayant Mehta, who appeared for Swamy, that despite a categorical assurance given by the Centre, no one even visited Swamy’s private residence to heck the needful.
Mehta stated that according to a court order, the last date for Swamy to vacate his government bungalow was October 26, and it was only after he mentioned the matter in the High Court that someone from the government visited Swamy’s private accommodation.
The lawyer of Swamy said that despite repeated requests, the first time they visit us is October 27…Not one infrastructure has moved. For a Z category protectee, it has to be put up in place. There is no place for the security personnel to rest. No sentry gates, no facility anything.
Additional Solicitor Sanjay Jain who appeared for Centre stated that the government would continue providing security to the senior leader, subject to periodical reviews.