Eight family members of former Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde, former Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and 2G-scam tainted former minister A Raja figure in a list of over 30 political leaders and bureaucrats whose central security cover has been withdrawn by the Union Home Ministry.
Also in the list are Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, Kerala Governor and former Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam — both have been granted security cover in the states they serve — former Meghalaya Governor K K Paul (he is now Uttarakhand Governor), former J&K Governor Lt Gen (retd) S K Sinha and NHRC chairperson K G Balakrishnan.
An August 21communiqué issued by the VIP Security Division of the Ministry of Home Affairs lists the names of those whose security cover has been withdrawn. The communique has been copied to the state governments concerned, CRPF, CISF, ITBP and NSG.
According to the official communiqué, the decision to withdraw the security and delete the names of protectees in question was taken at a meeting of the Security Categorisation Committee on July 14.
As many as eight family members of Shinde are no longer eligible for security cover — wife Ujwala, daughters Praniti and Smruti, son-in-law Raj Shroff, two granddaughters and two grandsons.
Others whose security cover has been withdrawn include Naveen Jindal, Abdul Rashid Shaheen, Subodh Kant Sahai, Suman Mahato and R K Dhawan. T K A Nair, Principal Secretary to former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and former Delhi Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna.
Also in the list are former ministers V Narayanasamy and Jitin Prasada, former Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam, Justice J R Midha, Justice B S Chauhan, Justice D K Jain, NHRC member Satyabrata Pal, Rajya Sabha MP Rishang Keishing, former Manipur Governor V K Duggal’s son Sunil, V Narayanasamy’s daughter-in-law Yamuna, former Home Secretary Anil Goswami and former Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth.