The Centre’s decision to provide Z security to industrialist Mukesh Ambani on Wednesday drew flak from the Supreme Court, which asked why such persons were given security cover by the government when the common man was feeling unsafe.

The court ticked off the government and said that a five-year-old girl might not have been raped if there was proper security in the capital.

The Bench reasoned that the rich could afford to hire private security personnel.

“We read in newspapers that the Ministry of Home has directed providing for CISF security to an individual. Why is the State providing security to such persons,” a Bench headed by Justice G.S. Singhvi said without taking Mr. Amabani’s name.

“If there is threat perception, then he must engage private security personnel,” the Bench said, adding, “Private businessmen getting security is prevalent in Punjab but that culture has gone to Mumbai.”

The Bench also said, “We are not concerned about the security of X,Y,Z persons but about the security of common man.”

The Bench was hearing a petition filed by an Uttar Pradesh resident on the misuse of security cover and red beacon provided by the government to people.

The government’s decision to provide Z category security for Mr. Ambani had evoked sharp criticism from Left parties, following which it was clarified that he would foot the expenses for this — estimated to be Rs. 15-16 lakh per month. —PTI

“We are not concerned about the security of X,Y,Z persons but about the security of common man”