New Delhi: Chief Justice of India S H Kapadia on Wednesday reviewed security arrangements in the Supreme Court, Delhi High Court and other subordinate courts in the capital in the wake of the blast that left 11 dead and 64 injured.

Justice Kapadia, who visited the blast site outside the High Court gate, briefly adjourned the proceedings in the morning to take stock of the situation.

Later, after the hearing in the Novartis Vs Union of India matter resumed, the Chief Justice elicited views of Solicitor General Rohington Nariman and senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi on improving the security apparatus in the apex court.

Rohington said that security ought to be strengthened and suggested that biometric system of regulating the entry of visitors and foolproof screening system should be installed to prevent recurrence of such incidents.

Singhvi told the Chief Justice that security for the Supreme Court and high court can be developed on the pattern currently in vogue at the Parliament. He pointed out that entry to Parliament is regulated in such a manner that not only individuals, but even the vehicles, their numbers and other details are minutely recorded through CCTVs and other
surveillance methods.

CJI visits blast site, holds meeting with HC judges

Justice Kapadia inspected the site along with Justice Misra and five other judges of the high court around 5.15 pm.

The members of the Delhi High Court Bar Association (DHCBA) were also present.

Additional Solicitor General and DHCBA President A S Chandhiok, who also accompanied Justice Kapadia, said that the CJI stressed the need for beefing up security of the courts across the country.

"The CJI discussed about the general security of courts all over the country. He was of the view that there was a need to beef up the security of the courts," Chandhiok told a news agency.

He said Justice Kapadia emphasized on the need for decongestion of the court premises so that there could be sufficient space for lawyers, litigants and others.

The outcome of the CJI's meeting with the High Court Chief Justice was not yet known.

(Agencies)