I-Day function at Punjab Bhawan: They were At Home on someone else’s invites!

  • Monica Sharma, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 21, 2014 11:02 IST

In what can be termed as a security breach, some leaders of a faction of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) gained entry to the Punjab governor-cum-UT administrator Shivraj V Patil’s ‘At Home’ function held at Punjab Raj Bhawan on Independence Day after obtaining invites in someone else’s name.

The members of Chandigarh unit of SAD complained to the UT SSP Sukhchain Singh Gill that Harcharan Singh Sahni gave a representation to the Raj Bhawan seeking passes for the At Home function. Sahni allegedly took five passes, including in the name of Chandigarh unit president of SAD Jagjit Singh Kang.

Otherwise also, there are allegations that this time many people managed to attend the At Home function even though they were not among the invitees. People managed to get entry on the passes issued in someone else’s name.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Kang said, “We have demanded an inquiry by the crime branch into the letter sent by Sahni. The police also should check the computer from where the letter head of Shiromani Akali Dal (Chandigarh) was procured and the application seeking passes was prepared.”

Municipal councillor Malkit Singh too alleged that Sahni had procured the passes in their names.

The UT SSP said “We have marked an inquiry into the complaint. The DSP (central), Ashish Kapoor, will conduct an inquiry and check the facts from Sector 3 SHO Harjit Kaur.” Commenting on the controversy, principal secretary to UT administrator, MP Singh said, “We will definitely loook into this matter. We have not received any formal complaint yet. If required, we will bring changes in our procedure of sending invites for At Home.”

In clarification, Sahni said, “There are three factions of SAD and I am the general secretary of one of them. I am a member of SAD led by councillor Harjinder Kaur.” He added, “I had passed Kang’s name for the passes and I don’t think there is anything wrong in that.”


The controversy over the entry to At Home brings out the flaws in security system. The passes are issued to the invitees, who hand over the same to others. Checking is not done to ascertain the identity of the invitee. Security check only scans a person for weapons. Since there are gaps in the security system, people who are not among the list of invitees also gain entry to the high security corridors of Raj Bhawan by just showing the pass, even though the same had been issued in someone else’s name.

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