Security to mayor: HC notice to Ludhiana MC, Punjab govt

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jan 16, 2015 22:53 IST

The Punjab and Haryana high court on Friday issued a notice to Ludhiana Municipal Corporation and the Punjab government on a plea seeking the revival of a public-interest petition about police security given to the Ludhiana mayor.

Ludhiana social activist Kuldeep Singh Khaira submitted in the application that on May 5 last, the Punjab advocate general had submitted in the court that the government would review the case and not extend the security to the mayor, if the police perceived no threat to him. The division bench of justice SK Mittal and justice Arun Palli had given the government 15 days to do the needful and disposed of the case.

Khaira has submitted that his petition be revived, as the mayor continued to have the privilege of pilot car and security escorts. He has further submitted that the office of the additional director general of police (security-cum-appellate authority) had, in reply to him application, declined to part with any information about the security review, if any, saying the security wing was exempt from sharing this information under the RTI (Right to Information) Act.

The petitioner submitted that this was in spite of a legal notice to the officer, which reminded him that he was obligated to share the information for complying with the high court directions of May 5, 2014. The next hearing is on February 13.

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