In order to regulate the security cover given to protectees in the national capital, the Delhi Police has asked all its zones not to grant personal security without prior approval of the Headquarters.
In a letter written to all district units, Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi has given a standing order to the Additional Commissioners of Police and Deputy Commissioners of Police that they cannot provide security to any individual without prior approval of the Special Commissioner of Police (law & order), who would later send his recommendations to him for final decision.
Bassi said that on several occasions in the past, the District and Unit Additional CPs/DCPs have provided security cover to individuals on their own without seeking approval from the Police Headquarters. He said that PSOs are provided only after comprehensive assessment of threat perception conducted by the MHA or the Special Cell or on the basis of orders of the courts. "The standing order is being issued to regulate the grant of personal security (or additional personal security cover), as the case may be, by the District/Unit Addl. CsP/DCsP to individuals over and above scale laid down by under the orders of the MHA or PHQ.No police officer or personnel shall be deployed as PSOs or for any security duties with any individual by the District or Unit Addl. CPs/DCsP without the prior approval of the Special CP (Law & Order), who in turn shall seek the approval for such deployment from the Commissioner of Police immediately," Bassi said in his order passed on May 5.
Bassi also said that security of persons, who are currently enjoying security cover will be reviewed after every six months in a meeting to be chaired by the Special CP (Law&Order) and along with the Joint CsP/Range/Unit concerned, the District or Unit Addl. CsP/DCsP and the DCP (special cell), who shall be members of this Security Review Committee for the District/Unit protectees, adding that recommendations of the Committee will be submitted to the Commissioner of Police, for final orders.
Bassi also added in his order that for providing security cover to any individual without the prior approval of Special CP (Law&Order) for any urgent reason, the District/Unit Addl. CsP/DCsP may provide the security cover for a week subject to the approval of the same by the Special CP (Law&Order) "In cases where the Hon'ble court has ordered for providing the security cover, it must be provided forthwith, but the details of the same must be brought to the notice of Special CP (Law&Order) through concerned Joint CP/Range immediately in writing. The local police/Crime/Special Cell should, however, cater for the security of the witnesses as directed by the Hon'ble courts," he said.
He also said that even if security cover needs to be provided temporarily by the local police for a short period, concurrence of the PHQ must be taken and brought on record.