Chandigarh:  Concerned over the safety of RTI activists in the state, the Punjab government has decided to set up a security review committee comprising of representatives of Home Department, Advocate General’s office and social activists, including women. The committee would be headed by the Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Security.

Surinder Pal Singh, SSP Security on Friday filed an affidavit in the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the resumed hearing of a PIL filed by RTI activist and lawyer H C Arora and informed the court about development in the formation of security review panel.

Meanwhile, the High Court expressed fumed over the Haryana Government for not taking similar steps as Punjab in setting up of the security panel.

Last year, while hearing the arguments in the case, the High Court had directed the two states to consider including the representatives of AG office and social activists in the panel.

However, the Haryana ADGP (Law and Order) B S Sandhu in his reply to the court ensured that the state police machinery is efficient enough to handle such cases and inclusion of non-government organisations in the panel is not required.

The bench of Acting Justice MM Kumar and Justice Alok Shah condemned the statement of the state law officer and refused recording his statement.  The Chief Secretary of Haryana will submit his reply to the court in this regard within two weeks.