SC steps up security after anonymous bomb threat

RSTV Bureau

supreme_courtThe Supreme Court has curtailed the entry of visitors including law interns after Delhi Police received an anonymous email that threatened to bomb the apex court.

The apex court has also requested advocates to be extra cautious of any suspicious activity within its premises.

“In view of the escalated threat perception being faced by the Supreme Court, the Chief Justice of India has sought to curtail/limit the number of visitors in the high security zone and proposed to completely stop the entry of interns/law students and visitors for the purpose of consultation, inside the high security zone,” said the circular issued by the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).

Delhi Police stepped up security in and around the court premises after it received the email on Monday evening. The email comes just days after a death threat was made against Supreme Court judge, Justice Dipak Misra.

Aishwarya Bhati, the Secretary of SCBA said that a meeting held at the residence of Chief Justice HL Dattu decided that the “supervening and compelling circumstances,” made it necessary to take measures to ensure safety of the apex court.

Cautioning the members of the Bar, the circular said, “Members are requested to be extra cautious and report any suspicious activity/article immediately to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Supreme Court Security.”

The circular also asked the bar members to be “very careful and discerning” before issuing pass slips to clients or visitors.

Just a few days ago, Supreme Court judge, Justice Dipak Misra, received a death threat letter at his residence. Justice Misra was one of the three judges who had turned down the final plea against the hanging of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon. Security at Justice Misra’s house was increased after the death threat.