Published On : Mon, Aug 26th, 2019

Govt to withdraw Manmohan Singh’s SPG cover

New Delhi : The Narendra Modi government is likely to withdraw the Special Protection Group from former prime minister Manmohan Singh’s security detail shortly, according to several sources.

The decision, reportedly taken after a three-month review involving the Cabinet Secretariat and the ministry of home affairs with inputs from intelligence agencies the Research and Analysis Wing and the Intelligence Bureau, has not yet been formally communicated in writing, but was “orally’ conveyed to the former prime minister, the sources confirmed to The Hindu.

This would mean that the elite protection force of about 3,000 officers meant for the prime ministers, the former prime ministers and their families would now be tasked with protecting only Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.