On a day when the Hindu Raksha Dal activists attacked the Kaushambi headquarters of the Aam Aadmi Party, a PIL was filed before the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the new Chief Minister to accept security cover.
“No one can be permitted to expose himself and others to lethal danger because of personal, political or ideological reasons as right to life and personal liberty do not include a right to jeopardise life and personal liberty of self and others,” the plea, filed by advocate Anoop Prakash Awasthi, said. It was mentioned before the bench of Justice B D Ahmad and Justice Siddharth Mridul on Wednesday afternoon.
Claiming that the safety of a chief minister was not limited to him personally, the plea stated that as a constitutional authority, the chief minister was within the writ jurisdiction of the High Court, and, hence, sought orders to Arvind Kejriwal to accept security cover for himself and his council of ministers.
“Ten times the normal number of police personnel are being deployed to protect the CM and this is incurring 10 times the normal expenditure,” the plea said, adding that several senior ministers, chief ministers, and even prime ministers of the country had been targeted by various terror groups over the years.
It said as a constitutional authority, the chief minister’s death would lead to a political crisis. The plea also argued that the threat is not limited to Kejriwal alone, but would affect other persons near him as well, who will be exposed to danger if he is attacked.
The petition also mentions the smashing of the windscreen of Minister for Women and Child development Rakhi Birla’s car earlier this week.
During the brief hearing, allusions were also made to news reports of the attack on the AAP office, which had occurred earlier in the day.
The PIL will come up for hearing next Wednesday, as the court did not see any ground for urgent hearing of the matter.