CHENNAI: The Madras High Court on Monday directed authorities to depute a police officer, not below the rank of a Superintendent, to meet former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at her residence for gathering information regarding the threat perception to her personal security and assessing the security arrangements provided to her.
The officer should place a detailed report regarding the assessment made before the Security Review Committee to enable the State government to augment the security arrangements and provide sufficient security as found appropriate and necessary.
Disposing of a writ petition by Ms.Jayalalithaa seeking a direction to the authorities to ensure full protection to her at her residence, she being a Z plus protectee with NSG cover, Justice M.Jaichandren said there was no doubt that the respondents — Chief Secretary, Home Secretary, Director-General of Police and the Chennai Police Commissioner — had a duty to perform by providing Ms.Jayalalithaa with sufficient security considering her status as a former Chief Minister and as the Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly.
It was for the respondents to decide the scale of security to be provided to the former Chief Minister after taking into account all necessary factors, including the threat perception as perceived by the petitioner.
Though the State had a duty to protect every citizen, there were some who needed enhanced protection due to their sensitive position or post or the role they played in public life. There could be no doubt that the petitioner deserved sufficient protection, especially in view of the prevalent threat perception as stated by her.
Mr. Justice Jaichandren said Chief Minister, M.Karunanidhi, who had been cited as the fifth respondent in the writ petition, in his personal capacity, was not a necessary or a proper party to the present proceedings. It would not be appropriate for the court to issue a writ of mandamus to him as prayed for. Therefore, the writ petition stood dismissed as against the fifth respondent.
Justice T.Sudanthiram on Monday directed the registry to post the matter relating to wealth tax against Ms. Jayalalithaa for assessment year 1993-94, before some other court after obtaining necessary orders from the Chief Justice, as he had appeared as a defence counsel for a co-accused (V.N. Sudhagaran) in a connected case.
The court had also admitted a criminal revision petition filed by her seeking to set aside the order of a lower court rejecting her petition for discharge from the case, and ordered notice. When the matter came up before Mr. Justice Sudanthiram, he said he felt it inconvenient to hear the case and gave the direction to the registry.
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