New Delhi: Noted lawyer H S Phoolka, who has taken up the cases of anti-Sikh riot victims, on Thursday sought withdrawal of security cover given to the carnage accused by the Home Ministry.
"The issue of providing the Z-security to the political leaders who are facing serious criminal charges of instigating riots and killing innocents has come into focus and media glare recently.
"It is highly unfortunate that the leaders who are (allegedly) responsible for killing of hundreds of innocent citizens get high security, palatial bungalows, and cars from the state exchequer," Phoolka said in a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Phoolka, who contested unsuccessfully on AAP ticket from Ludhiana, said during these 30 years, from 1984 till now, if the expense incurred on providing security personnel, cars, bungalows and other facilities to the accused persons is calculated, "unfortunately, it will probably be more than the compensation given to the victims of the riots,"
He said the practise of providing security cover by the Congress governments has now being followed by the NDA dispensation at the Centre.
"This was done by successive Congress governments and now even the present government has started doing this for the accused of UP riots. I earnestly request you to take immediate steps to not to spend any public money on these accused persons," Phoolka said, adding that the money saved from these expenses should be provided for education and employment of thousands of victims.