The Punjab Police have revealed that as many as 207 cops of the state police and three sections of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been providing security cover to 25 protectees living outside the state, thus burdening the state exchequer with Rs 9.28 crore annually.
The information has been provided by assistant inspector general of police (security) Paramdip Singh, in compliance with the directions issued by the Punjab and Haryana high court on July 16.
The union ministry of home affairs had informed the court earlier that it was not in favour of providing security by a state to protectees residing in other states as it had the "potential of misuse" and "may be an impediment on certain occasions."
However, the police officer has not revealed anything in his reply about withdrawal of any security from the protectees living outside the state. This is despite clear directions from the high court on July 16 to the state government to withdraw security from protectees living outside the state within four weeks.
The court had said, "It is neither the responsibility nor it is desirable that the state provides security to the persons who are residing in other states as there has to be centralised command and where such security is required, the central government will ask the state to provide the requisite security. The exception is only if somebody is transiting for up to three days."
The case would now come up for hearing before the high court on August 31.