The Punjab and Haryana high court has sought the details on Maninder Singh alias Bittu Aulakh, one of the accused in the Bhola drug racket case, on a petition alleging that the government had not provided the information sought about security provided to Aulakh.
The order was passed by the high court bench of justice RK Jain on the petition by Sandeep Kumar Gupta, who had sought information following news reports in 2013 that Bittu Aulakh was arrested in connection with the Bhola drug racket case and at the time of the arrest he had police security provided by the government and his Pajero vehicle had a red beacon atop it.
The petitioner had sought information regarding the name of the officer/authority on whose directions the police security was provided to Aulakh, and particulars of private business/commercial establishments which had been provided security by the state since 2010. However, the information was declined by the government, claiming that the security wing was an exempted organisation under Section 24(4) of the RTI Act.
Justice Jain has issued direction to the Punjab home secretary to file an affidavit, giving details on Aulakh.