Justice Uma Nath Singh Justifies His Order For Permanent Security For Himself, Colleagues

Justice Uma Nath Singh, who retired on January 13, 2016 as the Chief justice of Meghalaya High Court justifies his order in a writing to the Chief Justice of India J S Khehar for giving himself and his colleagues security on a permanent basis on the eve of demitting office. In a suo motu proceeding initiated by a bench headed by him had ordered the Centre to provide security on a permanent basis to the chief justice and judges “at their place of residence after their retirement” in view of the risk they run because of handling cases connected with insurgents. The Meghalaya High Court Chief Justice enjoys ‘Z’ category cover while other judges of the court have ‘Y’ category security. Justice Uma Nath Singh had reportedly said that the security cover (‘Z’ category for the CJ and ‘Y’ for other judges) should not be disturbed “even upon a fresh assessment of threat perception” after they retire.





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