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Delhi High Court hears Madhya Pradesh MLA’s plea for Z-plus security

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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday heard a plea seeking directions to the Union of India to provide Z-plus security to the petitioner, an independent politician and social activist, who primarily works on various socio-political issues in Naxalite areas.

Justice Rekha Palli disposed of the writ petition by directing the respondent to pass an order on the petitioner’s representation within four weeks. She further directed that the respondents while passing the order will not be obliged to disclose details which according to them are confidential.

The petitioner was elected MLA of Madhya Pradesh for a two-year term from Tehsil Langi constituency in District Balaghat. According to the plea, terrorist groups and other anti-national elements have repeatedly threatened the petitioner’s life and liberty. As a result of the imminent threat to his life and liberty, the state of Madhya Pradesh supplied him with security, which included 1+ 4 armed guards at his residence and round-the-clock, 3 armed escorts.

The security granted to the Petitioner lasted from 2007 to 2008 and from 2012 until May 2021, allowing him to continue with his political and social responsibilities. However, because the petitioner is a resident of a Naxalite region, the protection supplied to him was insufficient to allow him to peacefully continue with his political and social activities. As a result, the petitioner requested security from the Central Government. Furthermore, it is stated that upon receipt of the petitioner’s security representation, the Union Home Minister promptly responded and indicated that appropriate action would be taken.

The petitioner’s grievance is that the security that had been granted to him was abruptly revoked for political reasons, without taking into account the threat to his life.

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Advocate Varun Dev Mishra, counsel for the petitioner, submitted that several representations were made to the Union Home Ministry to grant security to the petitioner, upon which assurances were given that action would be taken immediately in response to his representations; nevertheless, his representations were not acted upon.

Jivesh Kumar Tiwari, learned counsel for the respondent, submitted that while the petitioner’s representations appear to be without merit, they have no issue in passing an order after considering the petitioner’s submission.

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