Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, December 5. A fortnight after liquor baron Ponty Chadha and his brother Hardeep Singh, who were given protection by the Punjab Police, were killed in a crossfire, the Punjab and Haryana High Court today called for a complete status report on Punjab police personnel deployed for providing security to individuals in other states.
A Division Bench of Chief Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain put on notice the Punjab and the Central Governments. As the petition filed in public interest by advocate H C Arora came up for hearing this morning, the Bench issued notices for January 13, 2013, to the State of Punjab, the Chief Secretary and the Principal Secretary (Home). The Bench also issued a notice to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
Appearing in person, Arora referred to newspaper reports to say several influential persons residing in other states had been granted the benefit of police security at Punjab Government’s expense. Among them, he claimed, was Haryana’s former Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala and Himachal Pradesh Member of Parliament Anurag Thakur The reports, he added, had not been rebutted by the Deputy Chief Minister during his conversation with mediapersons.
Quoting Section 3 of the Police Act, 1888, Arora asserted that security personnel of the Punjab Police were required to act under the police authorities of other states, if deployed outside the home state. Further, Section 4 of the Police Act prohibited police personnel from any state to be deployed outside the home state, without the consent of the other state government.
The petitioner said that Punjab Police personnel deployed for security in other states were not reporting to the police authorities of those states. Also, they were discharging their duties in other states in an illegal manner without the consent of the government there.