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CISF prepares to take over Madras High Court security; 650 personnel to be deployed

Chennai(PTI): The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), will take over the Madras High Court security from Tamil Nadu police, pursuant to the October 15 order of the first bench directing deployment of CISF from November 16 when the court reopens after Diwali festival holiday.

 Madras HC

It had also directed the state and central governments to jointly formulate a security protocol.

A total of 650 CISF personnel would be deployed for security.

The security system at the High Court would be similar to that provided at the airport.

A meeting on various aspects of providing CISF cover was held on Wednesday between CISF Commandant Sriram and Building and Security Committee comprising five judges and Commissioner of Police Rajendran and Additional Commissioner of Police V A Ravikumar.

The High Court had given the order considering a suo motu PIL after it witnessed unruly scenes and obstruction caused by lawyers agitating for declaration of Tamil as official language of the court and over contempt of court proceedings against two Madurai-based Bar leaders last month.

On November 4, the Supreme Court had refused to interfere with the High Court order for deployment of CISF by replacing state police security at its Chennai premises, which had witnessed unruly scenes by lawyers paralysing normal work

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