SPG withdrawal: Congress may move court citing Verma report


New Delhi, Nov 8 (IANS): Withdrawal of SPG cover to the Gandhi family has made the Congress angry, with the party alleging the Gandhis are being targeted by the Prime Minister and Home Minister. The Congress, which has termed the move as "sinister and vindictive politics", may take legal recourse in the matter, said sources.

Party leader Randeep Surjewala said, "We will see what we can do on this".

The Congress has made it clear that there was a rumour a month ago about the SPG security to be withdrawn. Taking cognizance of it, former prime minister Manmohan Singh had written to Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on November 4.

In the letter, the former PM alleged that "the consistent pattern of leakage of sensitive security-related information regarding these SPG protectees to the media, including daily press and television media, is a direct breach of security from within the Government."

The letter also cited the Justice J.S. Verma report of 1992 in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case that found that apparent security lapses led to the killing of the former Prime Minister.

The party intends to use the Verma report to make a strong case against withdrawal of SPG cover.

The J.S. Verma report says: "Failure of the IB to fully and properly calibrate this threat, foresee the attack made and disseminate the information with the requisite further guidelines and instruction to the state agencies, was a lapse of the IB and the MHA amounting to the contributory factors."

The party says that if in the case of Rajiv Gandhi, the IB was unable to gauge the threat perception, it may not be able to judge properly in the current scenario too.

The Congress has also cited letters from SPG on four occasions in the past -- two in 2018, one on June 6 this year and another in August A -- on the threat perception to Rahul Gandhi.

Party's chief spokesperson Surjewala said on Friday that Rahul Gandhi has threat from Al Qaeda, Khalistani terror groups and Naxals. He said, sarcastically, that the Modi government, which advised the SPG to accompany the Gandhi family on foreign tours has now taken a U-turn.

Surjewala also rubbished BJP's allegation of the Gandhi family not following the SPG protocol.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself "travelled in open car and walked for a few hundred meters on his return from the US. He also ensures that no SPG personnel come in his way."

The Congress plans to make this a big issue and will raise it in the winter session of Parliament.

The youth wing of the party has also started protests against the government decision.

  

Comment on this article

  • Deshbhakht, Mangalore

    Sat, Nov 9 2019

    Congress party should instead see 'what's next' from the encounter-specialist duo.

    The duo is known to let free the undertrials and then hit them from behind from distance. This gave forensic results that the inmate was fleeing hence hit from behind.

    Why I am saying this about the Gandhi family is that, Modi told the nation in 2014 that the family hoarded black money in Swiss banks and he will bring it back in 100 days of coming to power and put the family behind bars. He did not find any results hence he declared DeMo, that too did not bring desired results.

    What Modi is now attempting now is, freeing the family so that they go to the source where their money is kept. He will catch them red-hand so that the nation is convinced of their wealth accumulation through wrong way and he is looked up as a savior. He tried everything to expose Augusta-Westland, Chris Michel is in jail since almost two years, but information not leading to the Gandhis' involvement.

    People should wait and watch the next Baniya-Buddhi-move.

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  • Sethu, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 8 2019

    Every Indian national are under threat from Al Queda and Khalistani group and as per Article 14 to 18 of constitution, each one of them are entitled for SPG protection. Life of Gandhi family is not supreme to that of any other Indian Citizen for they are not in power and will not come to power for few decades.....!

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  • SD, Bangalore

    Fri, Nov 8 2019

    Modi did this to divert the attention from 3 anniversary of his Demonitisation blunder that tanked Indias economy

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