Chandigarh: Justice Darshan Singh has directed SSP Hoshiarpur to assess threat perception to RTI activist Parvinder Singh Kittna, and then take appropriate action in accordance with law and rules.
In a petition filed through his lawyer, H.C. Arora, RTI activist Kittna had sought appropriate directions to the DC-cum-District Magistrate and SSP Hoshiarpur to provide security to him under the “Policy for providing security to Whistle Blowers and RTI Activists”.
In his petition, Kittna has referred to his work in the field of RTI and exposures made by him through RTI, including prosecution of Swaran Singh, IAS Officer for misappropriation of Government funds worth 2 crores during centenary celebrations of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
Kittna has also referred to a physical attack on him by certain persons of his village., Kittna, at the behest of Sarpanch, Baljeet Kaur, by her husband, Resham Singh Bedi, and her son Pankaj Bedi etc.on 8.4.2012, for which an FIR was registered against aforesaid persons under various sections of IPC, although the Police has failed to put up challan in that case so far. According to Kittna, this attack on him was in retaliation to a PIL filed by him against then Sarpanch, Baljeet Kaur for misappropriation of funds of Gram Panchayat.
Kittna has alleged that recently on 13.7.2013, certain persons who were armed with Swords, Gandasees, kassis etc. were taking rounds of the petitioner’s house on motorcycle. The Sarpanch Ranbir Singh heard some of them saying that they would finish Parvinder Singh Kitna today. Alarmed at this development, Ranbir Singh, Sarpanch, Gram Panchayat, Kitna submitted an application to S.H.O. Mahilpur informing the said S.H.O. about threat to life and liberty of the Kittna. However, Police did not take any action on complaint lodged by Sarpanch with SHO of Police Station Mahilpur.
Kittna has alleged that he himself met the DC Hoshiarpur on 15.7.2015 and thereafter called upon SSP Hoshiarpur on 16.7.2015 and submitted representations to them seeking protection to his life and liberty.
The grievance of Kittna is that under the Policy for providing security to Whistle Blowers and RTI Activists”, the Committee headed by DC-cum-District Magistrate , with SP , District Attorney, DSP and SDM concerned, as Members, are required to assess the threat perception to the concerned RTI Activist or Whistle Blower, on receiving an application, by calling for intelligence reports, but in his case, the provisions of the policy have not been complied with.