Ahead of the scheduled appearance of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in connection with the National Herald case at Patiala House District Courts Complex on Saturday, Delhi Police has beefed up the security in and around the premises.
Officers on Friday said that the enhanced security was keeping in mind that the mother-son duo feature in the list of Special Protection Group (SPG) protected VIPs.
“We also have to be ready in case there are protests or even supporters gather in large numbers,” said a senior police officer. He, however, added that though increased, the scale of deployment is not very high and Delhi Police’s men would be twice than on other days. Citing security issues, he refused to divulge the exact number of deployment.
Teams from SPG have already conducted reconnaissance of the court premises and had meetings with the Delhi Police officers to chalk out an overall security plan.
None of the Central Police forces except the Central Reserve Police Force have been called. The police said they are aware that there could be traffic issues considering the court has two busy India Gate C-Hexagon roads on either side.
Meanwhile, extra security has also been provided to the petitioner in the case, former Union Minister Subramanian Swamy. The Government has decided to allot government accommodation to Mr. Swamy on security considerations.
Sources informed that CCA has taken into consideration that Mr. Swamy is a Z-category protectee with CRPF cover and there is no place at his present place of residence for deployment of armed guards.
His security is being reviewed from time to time by the Security Categorisation Committee in the Ministry of Home Affairs. As per security threat assessment carried out by central security agency, there is a need felt for proper government accommodation for him for effective deployment of security and accordingly has recommended government accommodation for five years.
He will have to pay five times the normal license fee.