Chandigarh : The massive operation to locate and arrest controversial ‘godman’ Rampal cost the exchequer over Rs 26 crore, the Punjab and Haryana high court was on Friday told.
Amidst tight security, was produced before a division bench of justices M Jeyapaul and Darshan Singh here which adjourned the case to December 23 when Rampal would be produced along with co-accused Ram Pal Dhaka and O P Hooda.
Haryana DGP S N Vashisht submitted a detailed report of the operation at Satlok Ashram at Barwala in Hisar leading to the arrest of Rampal after large-scale violence.
The states of Haryana and Punjab besides the Chandigarh administration and Union of India submitted reports of the expenditure incurred in connection with the operation to arrest Rampal for production in the High Court in the contempt case.
As per the figures presented by the states, Haryana spent Rs 15.43 crore on locating and arresting Rampal, Punjab Rs 4.34 crore, Chandigarh administration Rs 3.29 crore and Union of India Rs 3.55 crore, totaling Rs 26.61 crore.