New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday questioned the Centre over providing security to VIPs including Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani.
Questioning the security cover given to VIPs, the Apex Court also asked the Centre as to why the common man is not being given any security while other individuals are being provided with Z-security cover.
The Centre had recently given Z-level security to the business tycoon.
Raising the concern over the issue, the Apex Court said, “The five-year-old would not have been raped if there was proper security in the capital.”
The bench reasoned that the rich can afford to hire private security personnel. "We read in newspapers that Ministry of Home has directed providing for CISF security to an individual. Why is state providing security to such person," a bench headed by Justice G S Singhvi said without taking the name of Ambani.
"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, however, said that "We are not concerned about the security of any individual but about the security of common man".
The bench was hearing a petition filed by an Uttar Pradesh resident on misuse of security cover and red beacon provided by the government to people.
Government's decision to provide Z category security for Ambani had evoked sharp criticism from Left parties following which it was clarified that he will foot the expenses for this estimated to be Rs.15-16 lakh per month.
The business tycoon is the new entrant to the 'Z' category VIP security club after the Union Home ministry had recently approved an armed commando squad following threat perceptions.