Four drunk youngsters in a car allegedly pursued a vehicle carrying Union minister Smriti Irani around Chanakyapuri in central Delhi on Saturday evening, giving rise to security fears.
A complaint lodged by Irani with the Delhi Police claimed that the accused – all in the 18-19 age group – also overtook her vehicle twice in a “rash and negligent” manner. They were later identified as students of the Delhi University’s Ram Lal Anand College.
The matter was first brought to the authorities’ notice through a call made by Irani’s personal security officer to the police control room around 5.18 pm. “The caller claimed that four people in a Hyundai Santro were giving chase to the minister’s car near the Myanmar embassy,” said a senior police officer.
The call was transferred to a nearby patrol vehicle, which intercepted the Santro near the French embassy at Shanti Path in a matter of minutes.
Dependra Pathak, chief spokesperson of the Delhi Police, said the four were brought to the Chanakyapuri police station for questioning. Later, the minister dropped by too.
However, no FIR was lodged till the filing of this report.
“A medical examination at a government hospital confirmed that the four were drunk. Appropriate action will be taken,” said Pathak. “Apparently, they were returning from a friend’s birthday party in south Delhi.”
A police officer said Irani was heading to Ashoka Hotel in her official vehicle when the incident occurred. The Santro used by the four was a hired vehicle, he added.
Irani, a television actor, was appointed as the human resource development minister when Prime Minister Narendra Modi took over in 2014. She was later shifted to the textiles ministry.