The Punjab government on Friday informed the Punjab and Haryana high court that two personal security officers (PSOs) of the four had been withdrawn from the security of Ludhiana mayor Harcharan Singh Gohalwaria.
The government told the court that the step was taken after assuming the threat perception on November 10, 2014. The government submitted that two PSOs were being allowed for his security as there was “possibility of danger to the mayor and his family”.
The government response came on a petition filed by one Kuldeep Khaira, seeking revival of his public interest litigation (PIL), on the ground that despite directions issued by the HC, the mayor was still enjoying security with an escort vehicle without assessing the threat perception.
The government denied that the mayor was being given a pilot vehicle by the police.
The petitioner’s counsel maintained in the court that an escort vehicle was still being provided to the mayor, following which the high court adjourned the case for further hearing on April 24.