Apex court says no to renting police to private people

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"Private persons must be given security by private security agencies," Justice G S Singhvi said last week, sitting alongside Justice V Gopala Gowda.


They were hearing a case relating to misuse of beacons and sirens and VIP security. "Private security agencies are available in abundance. Engage them, but not at state expense. You can't rent police," Justice Singhvi said.


Terming the existing policing strength as "inadequate", Justice Singhvi has been insisting that it be used to alleviate the common man's sense of insecurity by greater patrolling of streets and not be deployed on VIP security. Justice Singhvi shrugged off remarks by amicus curiae Harish Salve that the court's insistence on private security would mean reviving the policy of issuing firearms to non-state security agencies, which is not permissible under the existing law. "We can understand if we have enough (police staff), then you can release them for pay duty," Justice Singhvi said.


Reliance Industries chairman and India's richest man Mukesh Ambani was granted Z-level security cover by the government last April following a threat perception analysis. The Reliance boss has to pay Rs 15 lakhs a month for this security, which entails being assigned 33 CRPF men armed with AK-47 assault rifles, Glock semi-automatic pistols and bulletproof jackets. (The Economic Times)

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