The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Special Commissioner of Security, here to provide security to Sukhwinder Singh alias Dayal Singh, who had helped the Punjab police in fighting terrorism by gathering intelligence on terrorists. Sukhwinder moved the apex court stating that he was facing death threat from Khalistan terrorists. According to Sukhwinder, the terrorists have put a `2 crore reward on his head.
A Bench comprising Justice A K Patnaik and Justice Ranjan Gagoi, referred to Article 21 of the Constitution (Protection of life and personal liberty) and said that it is the duty of the government to protect life.
Additional Solicitor General Sidharth Luthra, appearing for the Home Secretary, Union of India, told the Bench that Sukhwinder had not furnished his address for protection to be arranged.
To this, Sukhwinder’s advocate Mohammed Mohsin Israily said that the address of the petitioner was not given for security reasons. At this, Justice Patnaik passed the order that the petitioner should provide details of his place of residence.
The petitioner is, originally, a resident of Kapurthala, Punjab but is currently living here. The petitioner said that he has won several rewards from the Punjab police for his work. The petitioner averred that his mother, sister and friends were killed by the terrorists in Punjab in 1992.