14-08-201914-08-2019 18:10:55 IST
2019-08-14T12:40:55.162Z14-08-2019 2019-08-14T12:40:41.285Z - - 30-03-2020
In what would be seen as a setback to the YS Jaganmohan Reddy government, the Andhra Pradesh High court on Wednesday ordered full-size security to former chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu. The high court gave its verdict on a petition filed by the TDP chief challenging the downsizing of his security by the current administration of Andhra Pradesh. The top court of the state directed the state government to provide a security cover comprising 97 personnel to the opposition leader.
Naidu’s petition sought restoration of full-size security citing threats to his life from Maoists and red sanders smuggling mafia. Justice Durga Prasada Rao, who heard the case, also asked the state to restore the jammer vehicle in Naidu’s convoy as needed for the protection of a former chief minister who is covered with ‘Z Plus’ security.
The court however sidestepped the issue of road traffic clearance for a hassle-free movement of Naidu’s convoy. The state government was also asked to provide a ‘five plus two’ closed group protection team. On the issue of who should be deployed in this layer of key security, the high court suggested to the state government to take a final call within three months. The issue had been a bone of contention between National Security Guards (NSG) and the State Security Wing.
The high court judge has recently reserved the verdict after hearing arguments from both the sides. The state government counsel in his argument contended that the former chief minister is currently being provided security with 74 personnel as per existing guidelines concerning the security of former chief ministers.
Despite the Jaganmohan Reddy government scaling down the number of personnel in his personal security, Chandrababu Naidu continued to enjoy the ‘Z Plus’ security. The TDP chief is among the ‘most protected’ personalities in the country since the time he narrowly survived a landmine explosion carried out by the Maoists at Alipiri, the foot of the Tirumala hills many years ago.
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