Supreme Court rejects PIL seeking withdrawal of Z+ security to Mukesh Ambani

The court said that Mukesh Ambani is the chairman of Reliance Industries which has a good impact on the country’s GDP. If he and his family are willing to bear the whole cost of the Z+ security then the state is bound to provide him with the required.

The Supreme Court rejected a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking withdrawal of Z+ security to Mukesh Ambani and his family. The court said, “It is for the state to assess and review the threat perception of an individual, on case to case basis”.

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan heard the appeal filed by petitioner Himanshu Agarwal against a December 2019 order of the Bombay High Court. The court declared that the state was bound to provide Z+ security to individuals willing to bear the entire cost for security to protect their lives in view of their own grave threat perceptions.

The court said that Mukesh Ambani is the chairman of Reliance Industries which has a good impact on the country’s GDP. If he and his family are willing to bear the whole cost of the Z+ security then the state is bound to provide him with the required.

The court said that Mumbai Police Commissioner has no option but to ensure that the highest level security is provided to these private individuals. “Irrespective of whether any individual or any authority is convinced about the existence or otherwise of real threat to their life or liberty, particularly when they are willing to bear the entire cost for said security to protect their lives in view of their own grave threat perceptions,” it added.

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