Kiran Bedi welcomes SC questioning VIP security at ordinary citizens' expense
New Delhi, Feb. 7 : Former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and activist Kiran Bedi on Thursday welcomed the Supreme Court judgement ordering all state governments to furnish in two days details of how many police personnel in their states are assigned to politicians.
Bedi said this is a very salutary order of the apex court.
"I would alert Mr. Harish Salve that don't just go by the list produced by the Home Secretaries and the DGPs. There will lot of diversion also, which will be not recorded but shown posted in police stations and battalions, but they will be working in the houses either in pilots or in escorts," said Bedi.
"I think now the civil society whenever they see a VIP movement of this kind, which has a siren and who have this red 'batti' and they want to take away out. They have a pilot and they have large escorts and they have these policemen who are pushing other people away. Shoot them on the mobile phone, ask the Delhi Police or file an RTI where did these staff come from. I think you will have two kinds of staff. One sanctioned, one diverted; I think we need to address both," she added.
Bedi further said release of manpower both from sanctioned and diverted would release power in the police stations.