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Provide the List of Persons Who Have Been Given Security Cover But Are Not Holding Any Public Office: Punjab & Haryana High Court

Provide the List of Persons Who Have Been Given Security Cover
In Bir Devinder Singh v. State of Punjab and others [2020], Bir Devinder Singh, the petitioner in this case and the former Punjab deputy speaker challenged the state government's decision on June 23 to withdraw his security cover as according to the State he was an Ex MLA and providing him security was violative of State Security Policy 2013.

On Thursday, September 17 the Punjab & Haryana High Court asked the State Government of Punjab to provide to the court the list of persons who have been given security under the State Security Policy 2013 but are not holding any position of authority involving public responsibility within the government. 

The petitioner filed a replication giving details of the number of former MLAs who were given security cover and no case was filed against them. A similar situation was witnessed by the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.

It was reviewed by Justice Rajesh Bindal that security cover is nothing to be achieved for luxury and it cannot be considered to be a status symbol since the security is provided at the expense of the state and this expense is made good and the burden of contribution is made to the taxpayers.

As an urgent measure, the court directed the State government of Punjab to provide the petitioner with two security personnel.

The court left the matter to be heard on October 27, 2020.


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