CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has directed State government to expedite allotment of funds for deployment of CISF for providing security to its premises.
When the suo-motu PIL came up before the First Bench of Chief Justice SK Kaul and Justice MM Sundresh on Wednesday, the Bench noted that in so far as necessary amenities such as accommodation of personnel, vehicles and provision of security gadgets, no GO has been issued. The status report filed by the Registrar-General shows that the proposal sent to the government for sanction of funds has resulted only in partial action. Funds for proposals relating to extension of the security scheme to the areas, presently covered by the local police and to the Madurai Bench, are not released.
Government Pleader STS Moorthy requested the judges to grant more time to take necessary action.
And the Bench called upon the State government to issue necessary GOs before the next date of hearing and produce the same before the court, if not already done.
Advocates Association president RC Paul Kanagaraj told the Bench that in some of the entry points, there was no scanning machine and physical check of baggage and purse has to be done. He suggested that pending purchase of necessary machinery, the existing machines with authorities, if any, may be deployed. This proposal be also examined by authorities concerned, the Bench said and posted the matter for further hearing on March 30.
About 650 CISF personnel have been deployed at the Madras High Court from November 16 last year. The State government had sanctioned Rs. 16.6 crore for the first six months, which will expire by May 15.