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JAMMU: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Deewakar Sharma seeking withdrawal of security cover provided to Separatists as well as Hurriyat Leader and other persons, who are indulged in anti-national activities against national interest in J&K, a Division Bench of Jammu & Kashmir High Court comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Sindhu Sharma after hearing Sunil Sethi, Senior Advocate with Advocate Lawanya Sharma for PIL whereas AAG Raman Sharma for J&K, directed AAG to file a fresh report including that of security cover provided to such persons.
The petitioner, in public interest by means of this petition, wants that the security cover provided to private respondents at Government expenses, who have been declared to be a threat to country, should be withdrawn. A further prayer is to the effect that money from State exchequer should not be incurred on boarding, lodging, travel and medical expenses of such identified persons; and biometric attendance in all Government offices should be ensured and salary of all Government employees be also paid strictly on basis of biometric attendance.
AAG Raman Sharma appearing for the respondents has filed a report in a sealed cover showing names of identified persons, who are being provided with security cover as on date. As per list, only five persons probably are under security cover as per guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs. He further submitted that even these five persons have been de-categorised meaning thereby that there is no security cover with them but it does not appear to be the correct position as in one of the cases.
Division Bench after going through the report found that though no security may have been deployed with from Security Wing but services of Personal Security Officers and Guards are being provided by local police Department.
DB further observed that apart from the above, biometric attendance systems may have been put in place but same is not being effectively followed. There is nothing in the report with regard to public money being spent upon these identified persons for their boarding, lodging, travel and medical expenses.
Upon this Division Bench directed Raman Sharma to come out with a fresh report on all the above aspects including that of security cover provided to such persons, within a month.