New Delhi: A person cannot be entitled to Y or Z category security merely on the ground of being an ex-minister, the Supreme Court observed on Wednesday while declining to entertain the plea of a BSP leader from Uttar Pradesh.

"If you as a matter of fact are not entitled under the rule for security you cannot be given security. This can't be given at the expense of the state exchequer," a bench comprising Justices Gyan Sudha Misra and Madan B Lokur said.

The remarks came during the hearing of the petition filed by Ramveer Upadhyay, a minister in the previous Mayawati government who was stripped of his security cover when the Samajwadi Party came to power.

"The Special Leave Petition (SLP) is not fit to be entertained," the bench said. It also said if there were any threat perception to the former minister he was within his right to have private security at his expense.


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