After tormenting the government over 2G cases in court, Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy has pointed to an enhanced security threat from Congress activists and Islamic radicals to seek a house in central Delhi for a safer environment.
The former MP recently wrote to the government stating that his success in courts and his “constructive” views on Islamic terrorism had led to an increase in threats. The situation was compounded by his living in Nizamuddin East, which is accessible to Congress workers as well as Islamic radicals.
The request is with the home ministry and is being evaluated in the light of Swamy referring to a case of vandalism at his residence which he says was organized by the Congress. The leader’s comment that Muslims be denied voting rights if they did not recognize their Hindu legacy ignited a controversy and led to demands that his assignment at Harvard be terminated.
In his letter, Swamy has said that Harvard University extended him security during travel in the US and in classrooms and also quoted a representation by retired judges, civil servants and armed forces personnel for improved protection.
Arguing that he needs safer housing, Swamy said he would like a “AB type” official residence, with a ground and first floor besides an enclosed lawn, in an area like Pandara Road, Mathura Road or Zakir Hussain Marg in central Delhi. Swamy hoped that the government has the political will to act on his request.
When contacted, Swamy told TOI, “I had received a threat letter from al-Qaida sometime back and then another letter from LTTE. I forwarded these letters (to the police).