Bombay HC raps Maharashtra govt for not recovering police security dues
The Bombay high court on Wednesday criticised the Maharashtra government for failing to take effective steps to recover government dues from people, to whom police protection has been providedmumbai Updated: Nov 24, 2016 00:01 IST
The Bombay high court on Wednesday criticised the Maharashtra government for failing to take effective steps to recover government dues from people, to whom police protection has been provided.
“Huge amounts are due from them, but no steps whatsoever have been taken by the authorities either to withdraw the police protection or for recovery of the dues,” said the division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice MS Sonak expressing anger over the inaction.
The bench has now directed the government to file an affidavit disclosing the state-wide list of people to whom police protection is provided, the duration for which they received it, the amounts due from them and the amounts recovered so far.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Sunny Punamiya, who complained about the lack of recovery of police protection charges from people and asked for an audit on protection provided by the Mumbai police. His PIL said the Mumbai police provided protection to 242 people and in all, 609 policemen were deployed.
According to information obtained by the lawyer under the RTI Act, Rs23.76 lakh was outstanding from 51 builders, Rs37.52 lakh was due from 14 Bollywood personalities and Rs2.44 crore was due from the rest.
On Wednesday, additional government pleader GW Mattos told the bench that the government has withdrawn police protection given to some of the private persons and has also initiated process for recovery of outstanding dues from them. But, the statement failed to impress the judges.
Earlier, the judges had also expressed anger over the fact that one of the major defaulters was the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI). “Doesn’t BCCI have the money?” the judges had asked when they learnt dues for police protection for cricket matches was Rs47.73 lakh.