New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed
its dismay over the role of the Centre in supporting and
funding the armed SPOs in Chhattisgarh government`s effort
to counter Naxals saying it has failed to explain the concept
of the anti-vigilante group.
"Without explaining that concept, the Centre asserts that
SPOs have played a useful role in collection of intelligence,
protection of local inhabitants and ensuring security of
property in disturbed areas," a bench of justices B Sudershan
Reddy and S S Nijjar said.
The bench said it was not clear from the affidavit of the
Centre as to "what stance it takes with respect to specific
aspects of the use of SPOs in Chattisgarh arming SPOs, the
nature of training provided to them and the duties assigned to
"In a markedly vague manner, the Centre`s affidavit
asserts that SPOs are force multipliers not explaining what is involved in such a concept nor how force is multiplied,
or not, depending on various duties of the SPOs, their
training and whether they carry arms or not," it said.
"We must at this point also express our deepest dismay at
the role of the Centre in these matters," the bench said
while expressing displeeasure over the role of Centre on the
issue of SPOs.
While noting that law and order is the state subject,
the bench criticised the the Centre for shirking from its
responsibilitis when it has been supporting and funding the