The Centre Tuesday told the Supreme Court that it may not be “feasible” and “advisable” to have a national level security force like CISF to guard judges across the country.
The apex court, which was hearing a suo motu case relating to safety and security of judges and lawyers across the country in the wake of mowing down of a judicial officer at Dhanbad, was irked over the fact that many states like Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand have not filed their responses.
A bench comprising Chief Justice N V Ramana and Justices Surya Kant and Aniruddha Bose granted one week’s time to the states for filing their responses giving details of the steps taken to ensure safety of judges and said if they do not submit the same then a fine of Rs one lakh each would be imposed on them besides seeking presence of the chief secretaries.
The top court also permitted the apex bar body, the Bar Council of India, to be a party to the matter and also file its response.
At the outset, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Centre, said the issue concerning safety of judges is a “serious matter”.
Referring to the reply of the Centre, he said a mechanism has been there and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, in 2007, had issued the guidelines saying that there should be special units for looking after the security of judges.
Terming the issue as an administrative one, the bench asked whether the Centre was willing to raise a force like CISF or Railways Protection…