The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday issued notices to Punjab and Haryana governments on a PIL demanding the withdrawal of police security given to those who had been convicted by a court or are facing trial.
The PIL,filed by Advocate H C Arora on Wednesday,added that if it is found that such an individual has to be provided security,the protectee should be made to pay for it and not the concerned state.
Arora told the court that both the governments are providing security at the states expense to individuals though they are facing serious cases,including murder,rape and corruption. He added that while victims of such crimes or complainants who actually require security are never provided so except through the intervention of courts,accused or convicts enjoy such security at the expense of tax-payers.
Such security also send a wrong message to the society,as it amounts to intimidating the victims or complainants. If at all an individual has serious threat perception,he should be asked to pay the expenses of such security provided to him,otherwise his security should be withdrawn. the PIL stated.
The petitioner also produced a list of 41 individual protectees in Punjab,who are enjoying security at states expense though they are either involved or had been convicted for criminal offences.
These protectees have been given security of 167 security personnel,besides two sections of the CRPF (see box). Even the monthly salary of a constable deployed on security duty is approximately Rs 42,000,meaning that over Rs 9 crore is spent on security of 167 individuals,apart from the expenses on providing escort vehicles to them, the petitioner said.