Two social workers have challenged the central government’s sanction to provide Zcategory CRPF security for Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani.
Activists Nitin Deshpande and Vikrant Karnik have filed a public interest litigation, before the Bombay high court, seeking to quash the April 21 order of the ministry of home affairs.
The government took the decision after Ambani informed the Mumbai police that he received a threatening letter purportedly sent by the terror group Indian Mujahideen (IM).
The petitioners claimed the complaint lacked legitimacy and was causing irreparable damage to the morale and reputation of the entire CRPF force. According to the PIL, the 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 a situation of national emergency, terrorist attacks, internal disturbances, riots or otherwise something beyond the control of the local police," the petition filed through advocate Ashish Mehta said.
“The sanction given by the Union government is in utter violation and disregard of the CRPF Act and Rules.”
A division bench of chief justice Mohit Shah and justice MS Sanklecha posted the PIL for hearing on August 8.