VIP Security

  • 812 personnel deployed for security of 84 VIPs in Maharashtra: RTI May 12, 2014

    Mumbai: A combined total of 812 police officers and security personnel have been deployed for the security of 84 VIPs in Maharashtra, with 52 men accorded to guard only Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and his MLA daughter, a RTI query revealed in Mumbai. The information came in response to the...
  • Seems SC has no other work, says JDU MP on court's beacon lights order December 10, 2013

    New Delhi: Politicians have critcised the Supreme Court's restrictions on use of beacon lights by VIPs. JDU MP Ali Anwar even went to the extent of saying the Supreme Court has no other work. "Looks like the Supreme Court has no other work. Instead of dealing with major issues which affect...
  • SC restricts use of beacon lights by VIPs, says no to multitune horns December 10, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that red nonflashing beacon lights be used only by Constitutional authorities. The court has also said that blue flashing beacon lights can be used by ambulances, police and emergency services. The apex court also directed Central and state governments to come out with...
  • Use of red beacons by authorities is reminiscent of British Raj: SC August 19, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has cracked the whip on the use of red beacons by VIPs. The court has asked all state governments to review the security given to VIPs. The apex court also said that the use of red beacons by authorities is reminiscent of British Raj. The court...
  • SC pulls up state governments for not doing away with beacon lights July 9, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has pulled up state governments for not doing away with the indiscriminate use of beacon lights. The apex court has slammed all state governments for not responding to a letter by the Union Home Secretary on the issue. The Home Secretary had directed all the...
  • Why should you get Y security, SC asks exBSP minister June 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday expressed surprise over former ministers getting security cover and questioned an exminister in Uttar Pradesh for seeking police protection. "Can you get Y security just because you are an exminister? We are unable to understand," a bench of justices Gyan Sudha Misra and...
  • CRPF red flags Home Ministry on Ambani VIP security May 19, 2013

    New Delhi: The CRPF, which recently took over the duties of guarding RIL chairman Mukesh Ambani, has raised concerns in ensuring a 'fool proof' Z category security to the business tycoon in the absence of local logistical support to its squad. The paramilitary force has written to the Union Home ministry...
  • Use police from VIP security for women safety: SC February 7, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court has asked the Delhi Police why security personnel deployed on VIP security could not be provided to ensure security of women in the city. The court's observation came on a plea filed by Amicus Curiae Harish Salve. During the court proceedings, Harish Salve told the...
  • SC criticises VIP security culture, questions usage of beacon lights January 17, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday criticised the culture of providing security to VIP personnel, questioning the usage of beacon lights by Sarpanches, Members of Legislative Assemblies (MLAs) and Members of Parliament (MPs). Taking a tough stand on the issue, the apex court directed all the state governments to file...
  • Delhi Police going to cut security it provides to VIPs January 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Delhi Police is going to cut the security it provides to VIPs, Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said. This follows a request from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the minister told Rajat Sharma of India TV, the network said in a statement on Friday. He...
  • Is our VIP secure area not so secure? February 14, 2012

    The attack on the Israel embassy car has raised fresh questions on VIP security in India. ...
  • Embassy car attack raises VIP security scare in Delhi February 14, 2012

    The first of its kind stickon bomb attack raises questions about VIP security in the national capital. ...
  • Can India's VIP culture be reined in? July 9, 2010

    An inconsolable mother of 10yearold Aman Khan has put the blame squarely on the Prime Minister's security for her son's death and has appealed to Sonia Gandhi for justice. Aman Khan, a Class 2 student, suffered head injuries on July 3 after the iron gate at his home in Shyam...
  • What is holding up the police: VIP security February 13, 2010

    Mumbai: As Mumbai Police goes all out to protect Shah Rukh Khanstarrer My Name Is Khan and its release, a recent Right to Information query reveals how the men in khaki are increasingly being deployed to provide security cover to VIPs at the expense of the common man. Even as Mumbai...
  • VIP security an added strain on Mumbai police force January 28, 2010

    Mumbai: Even as Mumbai remains one of the top terror targets in the country and the need to protect public places and sensitive installations is unfulfilled because of shortage of policemen. An RTI filed by activist Chetan Kothari reveals that hundreds of policemen in Mumbai are being deployed for private...
  • Govt blinks, no security downgrade for politicians July 24, 2009

    New Delhi: Guntoting policemen and the beacon on your car announces one has arrived in life. If there is one issue that unites politicians across party lines, it is the police paraphernalia. And this is why decibel levels rose in Parliament following reports of a security downgrade for certain politicians....
  • Snob value: 1,000 cops serve VIPs not Mumbai December 31, 2008

    Mumbai: Post 26/11, Mumbai police are struggling to plug the loopholes in the city's security. But a Right to Information query reveals that the increasing demand for VIP protection from politicians and celebrities is proving a burden. Information acquired by activist Chetan Kothari reveals that in 2008, 87 police officers...
  • Court slams Haryana, Punjab VIPs for security pride December 24, 2008

    Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana politicians who flaunt the scores of policemen securing their cavalcades will soon lose soon their sheen. The Punjab and Haryana High Court has ruled that pilots and escorts provided to VIPs be withdrawn immediately. Only the heads of judiciary, executive and the legislature will be allowed pilot...
  • Why Punjab VIPs can't let go of security cover December 17, 2008

    Chandigarh: Punjab CM's son Sukhbir Badal moves in a cavalcade. The younger Badal is an MP and President of the Shiromani Akali Dal. During Punjab's years of terrorism, both the Badals were provided Z category security. The state's now free of terrorism, but the security cover for the Badals as...
  • Overprotecting VIPs costing India dearly December 17, 2008

    New Delhi: Despite the numerous terror strikes in India, the budget of counterterrorism units has come down this year while the budget for the Special Protection Group, which protects VIPs, has gone up. Rs 180 crore of the taxpayer's money is being shelled out annually to provide Zclass security to the...