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No response, High Court cautions BEL


No response, High Court cautions BEL

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 5

A public sector undertaking (PSU) has put the cost of installing 4G jammers in 11 jails across Punjab at Rs 76 crore approximately. Another PSU has so far not responded to communiqués by the state on the matter, compelling the Punjab and Haryana High Court to issue a warning to it that a showcause notice would be issued.

As a suo motu or “court on its own motion case” on the issue came up for resumed hearing, a status report filed by Punjab was placed before the Bench of Chief Justice Krishna Murari and Justice Arun Palli.

Among other things, the affidavit stated that PSU vendors, ECIL company, completed its survey in compliance with the High Court order passed on March 19 and submitted a proposed expenditure of Rs 75, 62,50,200 for the installation of the jammers.

But the other PSU vendor and a Government of India enterprise, Bharat Electronics Limited, did not respond to two letters from the state. “We are adjourning the proceedings. In case Bharat Electronics Limited fails to carry out the survey and submit a report within four weeks, the court may consider to implead them as party and putting them on notice to show cause as to why they are not undertaking the work despite its name being recommended by the Government of India,” the Bench asserted. The case will now come up in May first week.

The petition was initiated after Justice Mahesh Grover of the High Court took suo motu cognisance of escape by eight prisoners from Sonepat district. In his note, Justice Grover said he was in favour of “futuristic concepts” of keeping inmates behind bars, including laser locking and e-surveillance.

Justice Grover had added: “In my opinion, the matter deserves to be taken up on the judicial side so as to prompt the state to take effective measures such as e-surveillance, laser locking and other such futuristic concepts of ensuring security rather than falling back on the age-old method of raising more walls and recruiting more manpower.”

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