The Punjab and Haryana high court directed the Punjab government to provide security to former Punjab director general of police (DGP), prisons, Shashi Kant, in the next 24 hours, on Wednesday.
The order came after Kant told the bench of justice Surya Kant and justice Darshan Singh that three persons tried to barge into his Sector-18 house on July 12-13 night, hours after he revealed a few names — those who were inimical to him — to a Punjab intelligence official.
The official visited his house regarding assessment of his threat perception.
Shashi Kant is assisting the court in a matter in which it is monitoring measures being taken by Punjab to fight drug menace, including the investigation into the Jagdish Bhola drug racket case.
Concerned over his submissions, the bench directed the Punjab to provide the security to Kant, and later have consultations with the UT Police about the same as he resides in the city.
The court has observed that the house security can be taken care of by the local police, while for his movements, the Punjab police can step in.
Punjab government counsel Reeta Kohli stated the government should be given time to first examine the threat perception.
The high court observed that all these were “excuses”, saying that in many case, the state has even provided the security on flimsily grounds.
“You, yourself, should come forward to provide him the security. He is your critic,” the bench said amidst suggestions from other counsels as well.
The former DGP said, in his complaint to Sector-19 station house officer Maninder Singh, he stated he was threatened, with many abduction bids made on him in the past.
“Yesterday, an intelligence official visited my house to assess the threat perception. I told him that the threat emanates from top persons of the government and the Punjab police. I also revealed some names,” he said, adding that hours after his visit — around midnight — three persons tried to trespass into his house, but probably got scared due to presence of a pet dog.
“They banged the main gate, and kept ringing the bell. They also flashed light beam of their car at my house, and made efforts to get us out,” he said in his complaint to police, seeking appropriate action against the accused.
Station house officer (SHO) Maninder Singh said that police station was not informed about the trespassing attempt at the former DGP’s house last night.
However, he said Kant has filed a complaint at the SSP office in Chandigarh, and that he will verify the facts of the complaint before taking any action.