Vikhroli activists Nitin Deshpande and Vikrant Karnik filed a PIL in Bombay High Court (HC) Monday challenging the Z security provided by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.
They urged the court to strike down the unauthorised sanction granted by the central government April 21.
The PIL,likely to be heard by a division bench headed by chief justice Mohit Shah on August 8,says the government provides security to high-risk individuals. Depending on the threat perception,it says,an individual is granted X (two personnel),Y (11),Z (26) and Z+ (38 personnel) security.
Z security is provided by Delhi Police or ITBP or CRPF and there is an escort car.
In recent years,the concept and intention of providing special forces to select personalities is getting polluted. Special forces are now allotted to influential politicians and celebrities who use this privilege as a status symbol, claims the PIL filed through lawyer Ashish Mehta.
The activists have contended the grant of security to Ambani is utter violation of CRPF Act and CRPF Rules and the Centre has no authorisation under any applicable law to provide military or paramilitary forces,including CRPF,for protection of private individuals such as respondent 2 (Ambani).
The service of CRPF is required only in situations such as a national emergency,terrorist attacks,internal disturbances and riots which are beyond the control of local police. It was neither intended nor there is any provision under CRPF Act and CRPF Rules for providing security to private individuals such as respondent 2, the PIL says.
Citing newspaper reports,it says the security,for which Ambani pays Rs 15 lakh a month,has also been critisised by Supreme Court.