Chandigarh, January 12
Acting on a petition filed by senior BJP leader Tikshan Sood for protection of life, liberty and property, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today ordered adoption of appropriate steps for protection of life, liberty and property of the petitioner and his family.
Justice Arun Kumar Tyagi directed the respondents concerned to make assessment of threat perception to the petitioner and his family members. “Personal security officers (PSOs) provided be directed to escort the petitioner and his family while going out of the house; adequate number of armed police officials be deputed as members of the static guard outside the house of the petitioner with requisite number of arms and communication devices round-the-clock,” Justice Tyagi ordered. The Bench also directed appropriate steps to ensure that the petitioner, his family and visitors permitted by them were allowed egress and ingress to his house.
Appearing before the Bench, his counsel stated threats were being extended to the petitioner under the conviction that he was not supporting the on-going farmers’ agitation.
Justice Tyagi added the Constitution of India guaranteed to all citizens the right to freedom of speech and expression, to assemble peaceably and without arms and to move freely through the territory of India. These rights include within their fold the right to protest peacefully. However, the protesters could not violate the Fundamental Rights of others and indulge in any criminal act constituting an offence punishable under the law in force. The state was under constitutional mandate to protect the life, liberty and property of every human being, be he a citizen or otherwise, against any harm by criminal acts constituting an offence punishable under the law in force committed by any person or group of persons for any cause whatsoever. — TNS
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