Govt accused of jeopardizing neutrality of Security Commission

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Chandigarh, Nov 14 (UNI) The Punjab Congress today accused the SAD-BJP Government of jeopardizing the neutrality of the State Security Commission (SSC) in the wake of ''policy of vendetta'' being pursued against the political opponents in the state.

A meeting of the Grievances Coordination Committee of Punjab Congress which was held here today noted with concern that to have a total control over police and to pursue the policy of vendetta, the state government has jeopardised even the neutrality of the SSC as envisaged by the Supreme Court in Parkash Singh's case.

The meeting was presided over by party president Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.

State Congress general secretary Raj Pal Singh said as per directions of the apex court the state could have adopted any of the three models regarding composition of the SSC.

In all the three models, the leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly was supposed to be the member of SSC he said.

The Congress alleged the Parkash Singh Badal government that it had defied the directives of the Supreme Court by excluding the leader of the Opposition from its membership.

It said the state Chief Secretary in his affidavit on behalf of the state government had affirmed that a SSC would be constituted as per model suggested by Soli Sorabjee Committee.

Unfortunately the spirit of the apex court, which was to ensure that the state government does not exercise unwarranted influence or pressure on the state police stands defeated as the members are restricted to ministers and government officials only, the Congress said.

The Commission will ''merely be a showpiece to hoodwink transparency in the selection process of DGP'', the party observed.

It also said the DGP would be as dependent upon his political masters as he was earlier.

The Congress alleged that number of loop holes had been kept by the state government to transfer police officers on whims and fancies.

Similarly composition of Police Establishment Board, State Police Authority and District Complaints Authority is going to be an eyewash only.

The meeting observed that in its effort to have total control over the police, the Punjab government had not only defied the Supreme Court directions but also ignored the Model Police Act-2006 framed by the Sorabjee Committee at the instance of Union Home Ministry.

The Congress said certain social awakening groups were trying to stop this Police Act, which was an important legislation having far reaching futuristic ramifications at large.

The Committee decided to help these social organisations, which are fighting for justice and have also decided to approach the Governor for seeking his intervention in stalling the ''retrogressive'' Punjab Police Act.

UNI

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