The Calcutta High Court ordered the Bengal government to restore Suvendu Adhikari’s security cover which was earlier taken away by the West Bengal government led by Mamata Banerjee.
Suvendu Adhikari is the leader of the opposition in the West Bengal state assembly. He is a member of the rival Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). Suvendu Adhikari had defected from TMC and joined the BJP. He contested from the Nandigram constituency against Banerjee in the 2021 state assembly elections.
Union home ministry has accorded Z-category security to Adhikari. Justice Shivkant Prasad, single-judge bench of the Calcutta High Court said that Suvendu’s security is the state’s responsibility. The state has to ensure that it is not exposed to threats otherwise the state government would be blamed.
Therefore, the court said that although Suvendu Adhikari is accorded Z-category security cover provided by the Centre, he need not be provided any additional security by the state besides the one which was withdrawn away.
On May 18, the Bengal government withdrew Adhikari’s security. Following this incident, he petitioned in High Court to report on the withdrawn of his security cover. He submitted before the high court that although he enjoys Z-category security he would still require the West Bengal government’s support in three areas like pilot car, route lining, and the places where public meetings may be held.
Earlier the court had directed the director of security of the West Bengal administration to file a report reasoning why the security cover given to Suvendu by the West Bengal government had been withdrawn.
Suvendu Adhikari’s father and brother, both members of Parliament (MP) have been given ‘Y+’ central security cover by the Union home ministry. Sisir Kumar Adhikari and Dibyendu Adhikari will be protected by a personal security officer each and 11 armed personnel, including policemen and commandos.