Al-Qaeda threat to Parliament, the Taj and HC
Security agencies are examining the authenticity of a threat message, purportedly from terror network Al-Qaeda, which threatens to target Parliament, Taj Mahal and the Delhi HC.india Updated: Dec 21, 2007 03:43 IST
Security agencies are examining the authenticity of a threat message, purportedly from terror network Al-Qaeda, which threatens to target Parliament, Taj Mahal and the Delhi High Court.
It was not clear whether the message, received at the high court recently, was in the form of an email or a pamphlet. Security officers at the court said the threat came in the form of an email, but a senior administrative official and a police officer said a pamphlet containing the threat was sent to the residence of one of the registrars.
High Court Registrar General Ajit Bharihoke denied receiving any threat email. “I do not have any information about any email threats,” Bharihoke told Hindustan Times.
News agency PTI reported that the threat message, received a few days after the November 23 serial blasts in three lower courts of Uttar Pradesh, has been forwarded to the Union home ministry.
Officials said security at the court was tightened following the e-mail. Chief Justice M.K. Sharma and the registrar held a meeting with Delhi Police Commissioner Y.S. Dadwal on security measures on Thursday.
K.C. Mittal, president of the High Court Bar Association, told HT that a revamp of security arrangements at the court had been decided after the Uttar Pradesh blasts.
The suggested security measures include restricting entry into the high court building, regulation of parking inside the building compound, thorough screening of litigants and others entering the premises, compulsory ID cards for all including advocates, installation of additional CCTVs on the compound gates and inside the building.
Also, the police commissioner has clamped prohibitory orders in the area under the Tilak Marg police station and places around the high court and Supreme Court till January 18 next year.