Bhopal: In a perhaps first of its kind instance in the country, Madhya Pradesh police has sought recovery of Rs 23.76 lakh from a BJP leader towards expenses incurred for making security arrangement during a demonstration staged by him here without taking permission from authorities concerned.
In a letter to Bhopal district collector, superintendent of police Mithilesh Shukla said necessary steps should be initiated to recover the amount from former BJP MLA Surendra Nath Singh for staging a protest along with his supporters in front of the chief minister Kamal Nath’s official residence here on August 20, without permission.
“The special branch informed that ex-MLA Mr Singh along with his followers were going to stage protest at CM House in Shyamla Hills, Raj Bhawan, Vallabh Bhawan, DGP’s residence at 74 Bungalows and Commissioner’s house simultaneously.
No permission was sought by him or his supporters for it. As it led to law and order issues, a heavy police force had to be deployed to control the situation. This has caused an unnecessary expenditure of around Rs 23.76 lakh.
Besides, the routine work (administrative, departmental and judicial) of city police was affected”, the letter said....