SC asks Centre, States to give details of expenses on security

Published: 14th February 2013 06:42 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2013 06:42 PM   |  A+A-


The Supreme Court today asked the Centre, all states and union territories to furnish details of expenses incurred on providing security to various categories of persons including people with criminal background and kith and kin of VVIPs.

The court made clear that it did not want to know the expenses incurred on the security of constitutional functionaries such as President and the Prime Minister and their state counterparts.

"The Centre, all State governments and Union Territories administrations shall furnish the details of total expenses in providing security to public persons and private persons other than the Constitutional functionaries such as President, Prime Minister, Vice President, Lok Sabha Speaker... and their counterparts in States and Union Territories," a bench of justices G S Singhvi and H L Gokhale said.

The order was passed after two-hours of hearing during which senior advocate Harish Salve gave examples of how the provision of providing security and use of beacon lights were being misused and coming in way of right to equality of citizens.

The senior advocate cited recent reports that Minister of state for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, surrounded by his security guards and supporters, entered and vandalised the official residence of District Magistrate at Murshidabad in West Bengal.

Citing the affidavit of Tamil Nadu, Salve said the Prince of Arcot is being provided the security because of his old status accorded by the Britishers, who did it to us for "political" reasons.

"Let me point out that the problem has become an endemic and a part of our political culture," he said.

The bench, hearing a PIL filed by a Uttar Pradesh resident on misuse of red beacon, passed a slew of directions after going through two notes provided to it by Salve, who had also moved the court on the issue, and said, "if streets are unsafe then it has to be unsafe for the Secretary of the State also."

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