X-category security withdrawn from 30 VIPs
New Delhi: After dithering for five years, the home ministry has removed X-category security to 30 individuals, including former Chief Justice of India Y S Sabarwal, triggering concern among protectees who are now making all out efforts to retain their police cover.
Home minister P Chidambaram, who himself has refused to take any security, took the decision as he is of the opinion that security should be provided only to those who either face credible threats or are holding Constitutional posts.
With this, the list of X-Category protectees has come down to 20 after a detailed review by security and intelligence agencies, home ministry officials said.
The X-category protectees are given one personal security officer for eight hours, which means sparing three policemen for an individual.
The drill will now be followed for VIPs enjoying Y, Z and Z-plus category security, they said.
As the news of security withdrawal of X-category protectees spread, the home ministry was flooded with requests of VIPs to continue their police cover.
"VIPs from various backgrounds and mostly politicians are trying all possible connections to prove the genuineness of their security cover before the home minister," a senior official said.
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