SC dismay over role of Centre on SPOs
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 22:00
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 them".

"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 SPOs.


First Published: Tuesday, July 05, 2011, 22:00

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