CISF Security Cover of Madras High Court From November 16
CHENNAI: The Madras High Court will come under the cover of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) from November 16 and 650 of their personnel would be deployed.
Rejecting reservations by Tamil Nadu government, the High Court had on October 30 ordered that the CISF security cover for it should be operational by November 16.
The security system by CISF should be operational in the court by November 16 and the state government should deposit within a week Rs 16.6 crore as demanded by the Centre towards deployment of 650 personnel for a six months, the first bench, comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice T S Sivagnanam, had ordered then on a suo motu PIL proceedings related to security of the court.
In a letter to the Union Home Ministry, Principal Home
Secretary Apurva Varma said a demand draft dated November 5 drawn on State Bank of India’s Vepery branch has been deposited towards advance payment for deployment of 650 CISF personnel in the High Court.
The Security Committee of the High Court, which met today, discussed the security details and issues relating to demarcation of the High Court complex alone.
Justice R Sudhakar presided over the meeting attended by Advocate General A L Somayaji, Chennai City Commissioner of Police T K Rajendran, CISF Senior Commandant M R Bhale, Deputy Commandant Vinod Babu and Madras High Court Advocates Association President R C Paul Kanagaraj.
The court had taken up suo motu PIL after it witnessed unruly scenes and obstruction caused by lawyers agitating for declaration of Tamil as official language of the court and over contempt of court proceedings against two Madurai-based Bar leaders in September.
In compliance of the Supreme Court order, CISF would formally take over security from November 16, Paul Kanagaraj said, adding "since responsibility is new, grievances would be ironed out as and when they are encountered."
A Campus Security Committee and a grievance committee had been constituted to hear issues arising out of the CISF enforcement, he said.