Punjab spends Rs 9.28 cr annually for VIP security outside state

India on 09 September 2013
Location : Chandigarh, India | Source : Times of India

CHANDIGARH: After the Punjab and Haryana high court rapped the Punjab government a few months back for providing security cover to people outside the state, the Punjab Police submitted an affidavit on Friday that 207 cops are guarding 25 VIPs outside the state at a cost of Rs 9.28 crore every year. 
This information was placed before the high court by assistant inspector general (security) Paramdip Singh in response to a petition filed against the Punjab Police for providing cover to VIPs of other states.

According to the police affidavit, "Only 25 individual protectees living outside Punjab are being provided security at state expense by 207 police personnel and three sections of CRPF. The annual expenditure on the security amounts to Rs 9,28,18,488."

A list of the 25 protectees was also attached with the affidavit. According to the list, the protectees outside the state being provided security by Punajb are ministers Preneet Kaur, Santosh Chaudhary, Manish Tewari; chief justice of Jammu & Kashmir high court Justice MM Kumar; MPs Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Ravneet Singh Bittu.

Names of MPs, ministers in the list

The list of VIPs being provided security outside Punjab includes MPs Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa, Balwinder Singh Bhunder, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Rattan Singh Ajnala, Sher Singh Ghubaya, Paramjit Kaur Gulshan, Ashwani Kumar, Partap Singh Bajwa, Ambika Soni, Vijayinder Singla, Mohinder Singh Kaypee, Avinash Rai Khanna, Manohar Singh Gill, Naresh Kumar Gujral and Avtar Singh Karimpuri; former DGP KPS Gill, IAS officer Dinesh Saini posted as additional secretary, former Youth Congress chief M S Bitta and former Punjab governor Lt Gen (retd) BKN Chhibber.

In its July 16 orders, HC had ordered that state cannot deploy its securitymen in other provinces permanently for providing security to people residing there. The high court had also made it clear that in case cover is to be provided during transit to a protectee, it cannot be for more than three days, and after that information must be given to the central government or the state government. However, in its affidavit filed by the state police, it has not been specified whether the security of these VIPs will be withdrawn or not. The case would now come up for hearing on Saturday.

The matter had reached the high court through a PIL filed by lawyer and rights activist, HC Arora stating that the deployment of Punjab police personnel in other states for security of individuals amounts to violation of the Constitutional provisions, according to which, the "law and order" is a state subject.

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