Procedure bypassed in giving additional security to adviser

  • Gurpreet Singh Chhina, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Dec 28, 2014 15:31 IST

The immediate upgrade of security to UT adviser Vijay Dev in the form of an additional pilot Gypsy, on the basis of threat perception, has raised eyebrows in certain quarters and questions are being raised on the UT police’s role.

Sources said normally, in cases, where an applicant cites any perception of threat, the department seeks inputs from various agencies on the perception.

A judicial officer, enjoying a rank of district judge, seeking anonymity, said a file on his security cover had been pending with the police for the last six months.

Sources claim that the police upgraded the security of the adviser, after it received a letter from the UT home department.

However, the department called a meeting of the Protection Review Group ( PRG) that reviews such cases, the same day the request was received and decided to provide him with a pilot Gypsy.

The PRG is headed by the UT Inspector General of Police (IGP), and officials from Punjab and Haryana police department and officials with the Intelligence Bureau.

A senior police officer told HT that usually after the PRG meet, the file is sent to the UT administrator for final approval, but in the adviser’s case the security was provided immediately due to his position and rank. The file, however, has been sent to the administrator for permanent approval of the upgrade in security, he added.

However, the judge who case for security cover has been kept pending claimed that his file had not been cleared even after CID personnel met him, assessed his situation and filed a report on the same, a few months ago.

SSP ( security) Maneesh Chaudhry said in cases where the threat perception is considered to be normal, the police stations concerned are asked to file a report, after this the area DSP is asked for a report.

Finally, after an intelligence report, the security wing assesses the threat perception to the person and takes a call.

“However, in cases of officers enjoying a certain rank, the protection review group can security directly,” he added.

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