ADVERTISEMENT

YC leader's security not below requirement, J&K tells SC

YC leader's security not below requirement, J&K tells SC

Published
Hot News Text
2 min read
The Supreme Court of India. (File Photo: IANS)
New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday told the Supreme Court that the security of Youth Congress leader Abid Imitiaz Bhat has not been reduced below the required level.
Counsel Shoeb Alam told a bench of Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice Indu Malhotra that Bhat had been provided the requisite security as per his entitlement (X-2 category).
The states response came on a plea filed by Bhat for initiation of contempt proceedings against authorities for withdrawing his security cover without notice.
Earlier, the apex court had sought the government's response on Bhat's plea.
State Director General of Police (Security) Munir Ahmad Khan said in an affidavit: "The petitioner (Bhat) has the requisite security as per his entitlement on the date of filing of the contempt petition and even as on date. The security provided to the petitioner has not been reduced below his entitlement as X-2 category protectee."
"Since the petitioner has the grievance of his movement being restricted within the state, due to alleged refusal by his Srinagar PSO to not travel beyond Srinagar district, in order to avoid any miscommunication in future, it has been decided that, henceforth, the petitioner shall be provided with such PSOs, as per his entitlement, who can accompany him on his visits throughout Jammu and Kashmir," the affidavit added.
As per X-2 category security entitlement, two personal security officers (PSOs) are provided to Bhat in Kashmir region and one PSO in Jammu region.
Alam told the bench that Bhat was currently in Delhi and is provided security as and when he visits Jammu and Kashmir pursuant to his intimation to the security control room.
Bhat had complained that pursuant to the top court's order, four security guards were provided to him by the state but authorities recalled almost all of them.
The All India Youth Congress Secretary contended that he is practically left with no security as a security guard attached to him is not willing to travel with him outside Srinagar. Bhat said he was injured in a blast earlier in a locality where his house and office are located.
Srinagar Senior Superintendent of Police withdrew his security cover when he was in Delhi, the YC leader said.
In March, the state informed the apex court that X-2 category security had been provided to Bhat, after he complained of threat to life.
The court directed the authorities to continue providing the security cover unless there was a change in threat perception. In a different petition filed by the YC leader earlier, the court said he should be given due notice before his security cover is withdrawn.
--IANS
gt/tsb/vm

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)

We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated.

Liked this story? We'll send you more. Subscribe to The Quint's newsletter and get selected stories delivered to your inbox every day. Click to get started.

The Quint is available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, click to join.

ADVERTISEMENT
Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!
ADVERTISEMENT