HC seeks details of POs from Punjab, Haryana and UT

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday directed the Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to file a status report mentioning the number of proclaimed offenders (POs) involved in heinous crimes after the establishment of PO cells. It should also include the number of absconders who have failed to surrender and whose appeals against convictions have been dismissed.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Kogta Finance Services Limited. The petitioner told the court that one Anil of Ambala, who took a loan of over Rs 2 lakh from the company but failed to return the money as all his cheques bounced, is roaming free. "Police have so far done nothing despite the fact that a Chandigarh court had declared him a proclaimed offender," the petitioner said.

In an affidavit, the Punjab DGP submitted that a central PO cell at the police headquarter has been constituted in every district with an SP as nodal officer.

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