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… escorted by the police, Justice Singhvi told Additional Solicitor-General Siddarth Luthra, appearing for NCT Delhi and other Union Territories, that this practice must be regulated.

Mr. Luthra said that normally, as per rules, security was provided to a VIP for 72 hours, if there was proper communication from the State concerned about the movement of the dignitary.

In a brief order, the Bench directed all States to inform the Delhi government of the movements of their VIPs and violation of the rule would be viewed seriously.

Justice Singhvi said a mechanism must be created to assess security threat of VIPs. “Once you stop them from using red beacons, half of their status will go.”

The judge also expressed concern over security cover being provided even to persons who faced rape or murder charges, and said this must be stopped.

The Bench asked Additional Solicitor-General Indira Jaising, appearing for the Centre, to furnish a list of those facing criminal charges being provided VIP security. Unless there was specific information about threat perception, no VIP security should be provided to these persons, it said and posted further hearing to July 9.