Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Ex-MP Rajya Sabha Subramanian Swamy moves Delhi High Court, alleges Centre failed to provide him security at private accommodation

The former Member of Parliament from Rajya Sabha Dr. Subramanian Swamy has moved the Delhi High Court claiming that the Centre has failed to ensure adequate security arrangements at his private accommodation.

Dr. Swamy has recently been directed to hand over possession of his government accommodation in New Delhi to the authorities.

The petition was put before the division bench headed by Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma who has allowed it to be listed on Monday.

The Senior Advocate Jayant Mehta submitted that Swamy had agreed to leave the government accommodation by October 26 after an undertaking was given by the Centre before court that it will ensure that all adequate security arrangements are done at his private accommodation. He did not however left the place as no that no such arrangement were done.

Swamy, had been provided with Z category protection by the Centre, and was allotted government accommodation on 15th January 2016 for a period of five years The bungalow in Lutyens Delhi had been allotted to him on account of a threat perception.

in the meanwhile, Swamy also became a member of the Rajya Sabha, the term of which came to an end on April 24 this year.

the home remained with Swamy as he was serving as a member of the upper house, the government accommodation continued to remain with him even as the allotment ultimately came to an end by efflux of time.

It was just recently that the former MP was asked to vacate the premises after his tenure as Rajya Sabha MP expired.

Swamy then moved High Court arguing that bearing in mind the security arrangements which are required to be made for a Z category protectee, the accommodation which was originally allotted to him must be continued in his favour.

The plea by Swami was Disposed by Justice Yashwant Varma saying that while the original allotment was made for a period of five years which has now come to an end, no material was shown by Swamy which may mandate and require the allotment of government accommodation to a Z class protectee.

The Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain who appeared for the Centre had submitted that Swamy has his own residential premises where he can shift and the needful shall be done as the relevant protecting agencies shall take all steps in the said premises to ensure Swamy’s safety and security.

The single judge said that the authorities now need to ensure that adequate arrangements are made at Swamy’s private residence so that his security is safeguarded.


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