Safety and Security of Supreme Court

A meeting was called by Chief Justice of India after Bomb Blasts outside Delhi High Court on 07.09.2011. Court on its Administrative Side, after deliberations with Delhi Police, prohibited vendors to squat along the perimeter of Supreme Court.

There is a road called Bhagwan Das Road after Supreme Court compound wall. After crossing the road, there is a huge car-parking and thereafter the building of Indian Law Institute and Lawyers’ Chambers are located. Within that compound of Indian Law Institute, Cigarettes & Refreshment Kiosk of Dharam Chand is located.

After giving our anxious consideration, although we have sympathy for Appellant, it cannot be disputed there are certain areas which may be required to keep free of such types of kiosks for security reasons.

Merely because after Bomb Blasts in Delhi High Court compound in 2011, no such incident happened till date, it cannot be presumed such incident will not happen in a near future. Court cannot assume and presume, there is no threat to the safety and security of Supreme Court and its vicinity and allow Dharam Chand to continue the said business.

Hon’ble Justice M.Y. Eqbal, Dharam Chand v. NDMC, [Civil Appeal No. 5779 of 2015].