Delhi High Court has issued notice in a plea moved by Member of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh, Kanumuru Raghu Rama Krishna Raju, seeking CRPF protection as he's allegedly facing threats from his own political party YSR Congress.
The Single Bench of Justice Anup Jairam Bhambhani has issued notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
The order has come in a writ petition moved by Mr Krishna Raju seeking protection by a central police force, on the apprehension that due to certain political reasons, he faces threat to his life and liberty in his native place, in his constituency and home State.
The Petitioner submitted that due to political conflict with his own political party, he is facing serious physical threat, which is preventing him from performing his duties as Member of Parliament in his own constituency, since he is apprehensive of even returning to his constituency.
While arguing the protection provided by Andhra Pradesh police won't suffice, the Petitioner submitted that he had made representations to the Speaker of Lok Sabha, the Home Minister, as well as the Home Secretary, but to no avail.
Mr Ajay Digpaul, who appeared for the Central Government, submitted that while the safety and security of Members of Parliament is of utmost concern to the Ministry of Home Affairs of the Union of India, there are established protocols and rules that govern providing central police protection.
In addition to this, Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma submitted that Petitioner's threat perception would be assessed and requisite steps would be taken.
As the ASG sought more time to seek instructions, the court adjourned the matter till August 06.