NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has curtailed the entry of visitors, including law interns, in the high security complex in the wake of heightened threat perception and urged advocates to be extra-cautious of any suspicious activity on the premises.
The directions came after Delhi Police on Monday received an anonymous e-mail threatening a bomb attack on the Supreme Court, days after a death threat was made against apex court judge Justice Dipak Misra, who had turned down the final plea against the hanging of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon. Following this, security was beefed up in and around the apex court.
A circular, which has been issued by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA), said, “In view of the escalated threat perception being faced by the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of India has sought to curtail/limit the number of visitors in the high security zone and proposed to completely stop the entry of interns/law students and visitors for the purpose of consultation, inside the high security zone.”
Aishwarya Bhati, secretary of SCBA, said that during a meeting held at the residence of Chief Justice H L Dattu on Monday evening, it was decided that due to the “supervening and compelling circumstances”, it was necessary to take these measures to ensure stronger safety of the apex court.
Cautioning the members of the Bar, the circular said, “Members are requested to be extra cautious and report any suspicious activity/article immediately to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Supreme Court Security.”