New Delhi, Oct 12, (ILNS) The Delhi High Court today allowed an early hearing application in a plea filed by Swami Chakrapani seeking ‘Z’-category security on account of threat from underworld dons Chota Shakeel and Dawood Ibrahim.
A single-judge bench of Justice Rekha Palli has listed the matter for further hearing on October 22.
Senior Advocate Vikas Singh appearing for Swami Chakrapani submitted that an early hearing be allowed as the petitioner was under threat from Chota Shakeel and Dawood Ibrahim. He also pointed out that the matter was listed for October 6, but could not be taken due to a paucity of time.
Advocate Gautam Narayan appearing for the Centre upon instruction submitted according to the Report of Threat Perception by the Security Review Committee of Ministry of Home Affairs, Swami Chakrapani has local threats against him and hence ‘X’ category security has been provided to him.
On the previous date of hearing, the matter was adjourned as the Delhi Police wanted to submit certain sensitive information, before the court.
The petition avers Swami Chakrapani in 2015 bought a car at an auction at Hotel Diplomat Mumbai on December 9, 2015, belonging to Dawood Ibrahim, the very next day, Swami received a threat from Chota Shakeel @ Shakeel Babu Mian Sheikh. The petitioner thereafter, lodged a complaint on December 11, 2015, with Police Station Mandir Marg, New Delhi regarding the same.
According to the petition on December 23, 2015, Swami Chakrapani along with his followers publicly burnt the said car at a public gathering at Indirapuram, Ghaziabad, ever since this incident, Swami Chakrapani has received numerous threats, from Dawood and his aides.
The petition further avers, on June 2, 2016, the Special Cell team intercepted and arrested four henchmen with arms, headed by Junaid Chaudhary, who had taken a supari of Rs 5 lakh from Dawood Ibrahim and Chhota Shakeel to eliminate Swami Chakrapani, furthermore, on June 7, 2017, the above-mentioned henchman Junaid Chaudhary and associates were apprehended with arms and ammunition near Wazirabad, where the ashram of Swami Chakrapani is situated.
According to the petition, on September 23, 2021, the Centre downgraded the Z security to X security without any reason, leaving Swami Chakrapani vulnerable to attacks by Chhota Shakeel, Dawood Ibrahim and their associates./ILNS/SR/KR/SNG/