Justice Markandey Katju is not happy with reports that Times Now Editor-in-Chief will be provided Y-category security by the government. According to a report, Goswami will get 20 guards, including two personal security officers, who will protect him 24×7. “Goswami is being given security on the basis of a threat-perception analysis by the IB. We will go by the IB recommendation. He faces threats from Pakistan-based terrorist groups due to his comments against them on Times Now,” a Union Home Ministry official, who did not want to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media, told the Hindustan Times.
However, Justice Katju was not amused with the news. “This joker who has nothing in his head except his arrogance will get 20 guards night and day by the Govt. for his security. Hari Om,” he said in a Facebook post.
In another post, he wrote: “Why should Arnab Goswamy be provided Govt. security, and that too of the Y category, which means 20 guards will be with him day and night. Who will pay the salaries of these guards ? It will be the government, which really means the public, because these salaries come from the taxes we pay. So we will have to pay for Arnab’s security.
Arnab is surely getting a huge salary from his employer. Why should he not pay for his security from his own pocket?”
He further said: “There are many private security agencies which provide armed guards. Why did Arnab not hire them ? Or else his employer, which is a very affluent business house, could have done so I believe some other mediapersons who toe the govt.line have also been provided similar security by the government. Is this not deplorable ? Must the public for these hired ‘tattoos’ and buffoons?”