A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice MS Sancklecha dismissed the public interest litigation filed by two social activists Nitin Deshpande and Vikrant Karnik seeking quashing of the April 21 order of the Union government, which gave CRPF security to Ambani.

"There is nothing in the CRPF Act or rules that take away the executive powers of the Centre to provide protection to a private person or entity. It is up to the authority to scrutinize and decide on demand for protection," the bench said.

The court relied on a 1955 judgment of the Supreme Court which said the Centre can take executive decisions and need not wait for the Parliament to enact or amend the law.

The bench further said that the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) can be deployed for protection and prevention of crime. "CRPF may be deployed anywhere in India not only for restoration of law and order but also for any other purpose as decided by the Centre," the bench said.

According to the PIL, CRPF is constituted to tackle emergency situations, and not for day-to-day law and order duties. "The service of the CRPF is required only when there arises situation of national emergency, terrorist attacks, internal disturbances, riots or otherwise which is beyond the control of the local police," it states.

The government had sanctioned security after Ambani's office informed the Mumbai Police about threatening letters purportedly sent by terror group Indian Mujahideen (IM).

(Agencies)

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