Order on VVIP traffic jam issue reserved

The Gujarat High Court on Friday reserved its order on a public interest litigation (PIL) that raised the issue of harassment to the public because of traffic jams caused by the chief minister’s convoy.

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Published: Mon 18 Jun 2012, 10:40 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 11:44 AM

The court, however, said it did not want to interfere with the security of the head of state. At the same time, observed that citizens should not be unnecessarily harassed in the name of security. After going through details of the CM’s security arrangements, which the government had provided in a sealed cover, the court said there was specific intelligence regarding threat to him. The court added that since the matter pertained to security of the head of state, it could not put the information in public domain.

The court was hearing a PIL filed by Jignesh Goswami, an Ahmedabd resident, seeking rules to regularise traffic during movement of VVIPs with ‘Z’ category security. The court had in April asked the government for details about how long traffic should be restricted due to VVIP movement. Goswami’s lawyer KG Pandit told the court that two people died after the ‘108’ ambulances ferrying them were stuck in traffic on January 9 as the road had been blocked for Modi’s convoy.

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