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Kolkata: CALCUTTA High Court has directed the Centre to file an affidavit explaining why it has extended Y-category security cover to BJP leader Mukul Roy, who currently does not hold any elected or nominated public post.

Acting Chief Justice Jyotirmay Bhattacharya has issued the directive in response to a petition by Debraj Chakraborty, the Trinamool councillor of ward 7 at Salt Lake. Centre has been asked to submit the affidavit in two weeks.

The Trinamool councillor had moved the petition on 24 November saying that the Centre was spending public money in providing security cover to a politician despite him not holding any public position. [READ: Trinamool councillor moves High Court against Central security for Mukul Roy]

The matter was taken up for hearing today, during which advocate Parthasarathi Sengupta appearing for the petitioner said that if there is any threat on Roy, he can bring this to the knowledge of the police. But there is hardly any justification for providing him Y-category security cover at public expense.

Centre’s additional solicitor general Kaushik Chandra objected to this saying that Roy was facing several threats on his life and there are Intelligence reports suggestive of such threats. He also maintained that the High Court cannot intervene in such matters as it comes under the domain of the government.

To this, the acting Chief Justice referred to a Supreme Court ruling saying that the HC can very well intervene in this matter. He then directed the Centre to submit a confidential report to the HC explaining the justification of extending security cover to Roy along with the Intelligence reports that talk about the alleged threats to him.

It may be cited here that following differences with Trinamool leadership, Mukul Roy gave up the state government security on 25 September. The Centre subsequently extended him Y-category security cover on 31 October and he joined the BJP on 3 November.