Increasing BSF’s jurisdiction does not mean taking away powers of Punjab Police: Supreme Court

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today observed that the Centre’s decision to increase the jurisdiction of search, seizure and arrest of the BSF from 15 km to 50 km from the international border has not taken away the powers of the Punjab Police. 
     A bench of Chief Justice D Y Chandrachud and Justices J B Pardiwala and Manoj Mishra made the observation while hearing a 2021 petition filed by the Punjab government. 
      The bench asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, and advocate Shadan Farasat, representing the Punjab government, to sit together and jointly decide on the issues on which the bench has to decide. “Both the parties will discuss among themselves so that these can be settled before the next date,” the bench said. The bench said the Advocate General of Punjab can attend the meeting.