STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

PM security: Jayalalithaa hits out at slight to DGP by SPG

Published: 05th August 2013 08:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th August 2013 08:28 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has taken strong exception to an incident that occurred during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Tiruchy on Friday, when members of his security detail prevented K Ramanujam, State Director General of Police (DGP), from receiving the PM at the airport.

Jayalalithaa urged Singh — in a letter dated August 3 — to look into the matter and ensure that no such lapses in protocol recur. Protocol demands that members of the State government officially receive the Prime Minister during formal visits. Singh had landed at the Tiruchy airport on his way to Thirumayam in Pudukkottai district to inaugurate a power plant piping unit and high pressure boiler unit of BHEL.

Jayalalithaa said she had deputed a six-member team, including DGP Ramanujam, to receive the PM at the airport on behalf of the Tamil Nadu government. While Ramanujam was walking towards the aircraft to formally receive the Prime Minister, he was “rudely accosted and prevented from approaching the aircraft by a lower level officer of the Special Protection Group, who was part of the security team on duty”, Jayalalithaa said in her letter.

The State had sent a detailed list of those who would receive the Prime Minister, and the PMO confirmed the list on August 1, she said. “Such an outrageous incident involving the DGP of Tamil Nadu, who was part of the confirmed list of persons for the reception and send-off line-up approved by the PMO, shows the SPG officers in poor light. It is most astonishing that the SPG could not recognise the top-most ranking police officer in the State, even while he was in uniform,” the letter said.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

IPL_2020
flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp