It is noon on Friday. Outside court number seven, situated in the main building of the Patiala House courts complex, over a dozen litigants can be seen coming and going from the court room. A dozen more litigants along with their lawyers wait outside for their hearings.
At 1 pm, the court takes an hour’s break for lunch. The corridors are empty.
However, minutes into the break, there is an unfamiliar movement outside the court room. Five men, dressed in a dark blue uniform, arrive at the complex accompanied by the district judge.
A day before Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi appear in the National Herald case, the Special Protection Group (SPG) arrived to survey security arrangements at the complex.
The SPG spent close to two hours surveying every corner of the court premises, including all entry and exit gates, and inside court rooms.
The SPG was assisted by Delhi police officers, who are also entrusted with security arrangements.
Ahead of their visit, the defunct CCTV camera facing court number 7 was replaced by two new ones. Six more cameras have been installed across the court premises.
At two entry points, security officials were deployed with metal detectors. By 4 pm, the bomb detection squad was also called in and deployed at the main entry gate.
On Saturday, sources said, normal court proceedings would continue.
However, post lunch, there would be heavy deployment of Delhi police and paramilitary forces — two hours before the hearing.
The garden opposite the court room and the parking space adjacent to main gate where the Gandhis are expected to arrive, will be completely cordoned off for the public, added the sources.
Parking restrictions will be in force around the court complex. Parking is likely to be shifted near the India Gate entry, said