PM security breach: The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Ferozepur SSP failed to discharge his duty to maintain law and order which led to Prime Minister Narendra Modi security breach in January in Punjab.
"The Ferozepur SSP failed to discharge his duty to maintain law and order. He failed to do this even though sufficient force was available and even though he was informed two hours before that PM will enter that route," the bench headed by Chief Justice N V Ramana and also comprising Justices Surya Kant and Hima Kohli said while reading from the committee's report.
The Supreme Court on Thursday said it will send the report of the five-member committee headed by former apex court judge Indu Malhotra to the Centre for appropriate action.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's security witnessed a major lapse in January while he was on his way to Ferozpur from Bathinda in Punjab to address a poll rally and lay the foundation stone of Delhi-Amritsar-Katra expressway among other developmental projects.
The security breach took place when the Prime Minister was travelling to Ferozpur via road when some protesters blocked the highway due to which his cavalcade was stuck on the flyover for 15-20 minutes.
PM Modi's route was changed at the last minute as he couldn't take the chopper to Ferozpur due to poor weather. The Home Ministry said after the "major security lapse" in the prime minister's travel in Punjab, his convoy decided to return and postponed the Ferozpur event.