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Kalyan moves HC on security cover

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, JULY 30. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr. Kalyan Singh, today moved the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Union Home Ministry to restore the National Security Guards (NSG) security cover to him. Mr. Justice Mukul Mudgal adjourned the petition for August 3 asking the former Chief Minister to provide full details of the present nature of security provided to him.

The `Z+' security, which Mr. Singh had been enjoying for the past eight years, was withdrawn on June 29 and provided ``Cobra Force'' security by the Lucknow police in its place, the petition said. He alleged that the Centre withdrew his NSG security cover to settle political scores as he had become a political threat to the BJP in Uttar Pradesh.

The two U.P. former Chief Ministers, Mr. Mulayam Singh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, and Ms. Mayawati of the Bahujan Samaj Party, had NSG security cover while it was withdrawn from him despite the fact that the threat perception to him was more than them, Mr. Singh said.

He has made the Prime Minister, Mr. Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Union Home Minister, Mr. L.K. Advani, parties to the case saying that his security had been withdrawn at their behest.

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