Yesterday, many lawyers of Supreme Court received threat calls over the case of PM Modi’s security breach. Deepak Prakash, lawyer of SC, has filed a police complaint, what he says were “terrifying calls” that could lead to riots. The caller threatened “extremely adverse reactions affecting national security and integrity”, he alleged.
As per sources, the calls were made by a pro-Khalistan organisation Sikhs for Justice (SFJ). A pre recorded message was received by many lawyers at 10.40 am on Monday. The caller allegedly claimed that the SFJ group was responsible for the blockade by protesting farmers on PM Modi’s route when he was travelling by road from Bathinda to Ferozepur on Wednesday. After waiting for 20 minutes for the road to clear up, the Prime Minister turned back and cancelled all his programmes.
“+447418365564 I got a call from this number, display showed call from United Kingdom… was playing some recorded message, it claimed that the organisation took the credit for blocking Modi on the fly way, it warned the SC judges from proceeding with the case of investigation, it further said that the SC judges should remember 1984 genocide against which no action was taken till date by the SC.. etc… has anyone else received such a call??”, one lawyer messaged in a WhatsApp group.
“All advocates have been receiving such threatening calls since morning, which indicate that they want to bring hatred, contempt and hostility to disrupt the government and public peace and tranquillity if the Supreme Court hears the PM security breach case,” Deepak Prakash’s complaint to the police said.
Vishnu Shankar Jain, a lawyer for the Uttar Pradesh government, said he had received the calls twice. “Today, many Supreme Court lawyers including me have received calls from a number from UK. The call specifically asked Supreme Court Judges to refrain from hearing the petition on the blockade of PM Modi’s cavalcade,” Mr Jain told NDTV.
“This matter requires consideration. It is a very serious issue and I think the highest authority must take it up as well,” he said.
Nishant Katneshwarkar, a Supreme Court lawyer who once represented the Maharashtra government, also confirmed receiving the call. He said, “In the morning I received two calls from a number in the UK. Most of the Supreme Court lawyers have received such calls.”
Yesterday, an enquiry has been ordered by SC, and asked the Centre and the Punjab government to hold off on their probes for now.