The Punjab government spends Rs 15.69 crore per month for providing security to VIPs,who included 65 people facing criminal charges,the Supreme Court was told.
Appearing before a bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi,senior advocate Harish Salve who is assisting the court as amicus placed data on the security cover given by different state governments to public functionaries and private individuals. The data was prepared on the basis of the state governments affidavit.
Total expenditure is Rs 15.69 crore per month plus the expenditure incurred on 20 sections of CRPF and 4 sections of CISF. As many as 1,294 public functionaries and private individuals have been provided security. Twenty-five people,who are children and family members,have been provided such security, he said while referring to Punjab.
In the list,the number of people facing criminal charges is 65,including six MLAs. Some of them are former MLAs facing charges under Section 307 (attempt to murder),he said.
As many as 36 religious leaders,19 mediapersons and 75 people categorised as others have also been provided security.