The Delhi Police security unit is conducting an inquiry into the power failure at a recent event held at the Maharashtra Sadan, which was attended by President Pranab Mukherjee and other dignitaries.
The lights apparently went off twice during the inauguration ceremony of the New Maharashtra Sadan on Kasturba Gandhi Marg, while the VVIPs were still inside the hall. Police sources said even the generator failed to work properly.
The New Maharashtra Sadan was inaugurated on June 4 by the President in the presence of several dignitaries, including Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.
Sources said the lights went off the first time when Pawar was addressing the gathering. Immediately, several security personnel and two inspectors closed in on the dais and surrounded the VVIPs, including the President. After a few minutes, power was restored.
But, later during the function, when the President was about to get up from his seat to address the gathering, the lights went off again and this time for almost a minute. Sources said the generator took more than a minute to start, which left the hall in complete darkness.
Officers from the security unit are verifying to see if it was an act of mischief. The inquiry report will be sent to the Intelligence Bureau.
A feedback about the incident and how the police swung into action to protect the VVIPs, when the hall was in complete darkness, has already been filed by an officer present at the spot.
Personnel who were on duty during the incident are questioning electricians and others involved in preparations for the function.