Mukesh Ambani’s security cover upgraded to Z plus : The Tribune India

Mukesh Ambani’s security cover upgraded to Z plus

Decision comes after review of perceived threat perception to billionaire industrialist by central intelligence and security agencies

Mukesh Ambani’s security cover upgraded to Z plus

Mukesh Ambani. Reuters file



PTI

New Delhi, September 29

The government has upgraded the security cover of billionaire industrialist Mukesh Ambani to the top category of ‘Z+’ after a review of perceived threat perception to him by central intelligence and security agencies, official sources said on Thursday.

The 65-year-old Ambani, chairman of Reliance Industries, was first accorded the ‘Z’ category cover of CRPF commandos in 2013 on a payment basis.

His wife Nita Ambani too has a similar armed cover but a lower category of ‘Y+’ which entails lesser number of commandos.

Ambani is the 10th richest person in the world according to the latest Bloomberg index.

The security of Ambani has been upgraded to the top category of Z+ and necessary communication in this regard will be made soon, the sources said.

The recommendation was formalised by the Union home ministry after receiving inputs, on the perceived threat perception to the businessman, by central intelligence and security agencies, they said.

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) may be asked to enlarge the existing cover to ‘Z+’ and include more commandos in its protection unit, they said.

A total of 40-50 commandos could be part of the security unit that works in shifts to provide the cover.

The force, at present, provides an armed cover to Ambani when he is mobile while it also secures his residential and office premises.

Ambani’s security was beefed up after the recovery of an explosives-laden SUV near his house in Mumbai early last year following which the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took up the probe into the case.

Another billionaire industrialist and chairman of the Adani Group, Gautam Adani, was accorded a ‘Z’ category VIP security cover of CRPF commandos by the central government last month, the facility being similarly made on a payment basis.

CRPF director general (DG) Kuldiep Singh on Thursday told reporters that the force provides security to 119 protectees and the Union home ministry has provided it a fresh battalion for VIP security duties. It already has six battalions deployed for the task and each such unit has about 800 personnel.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and the Gandhi family, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her children Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, are among the CRPF protectees.

Tribune Shorts


Top News

Ready for war with India if attacked: Pak’s new Army chief Asif Munir

Ready for war with India if attacked: Pak’s new Army chief Asif Munir

Made the remarks during his first-ever visit to the frontlin...

Indian Navy aims to become self-reliant by 2047: Admiral Hari Kumar

Plans on IAC II put on hold for now; examining option of repeat order of INS Vikrant: Navy Chief Admiral Kumar

Also said that the Indian Navy is set to open all its branch...

Constitution a feminist document, gave women right to vote ahead of many western nations: CJI Chandrachud

Constitution a feminist document, gave women right to vote ahead of many western nations: CJI Chandrachud

Said it was a break from the colonial and pre-colonial legac...

Spouses of open work permit holders now eligible to work in Canada; Indians to benefit

Spouses of open work permit holders now eligible to work in Canada; Indians to benefit

The move will allow more than 200,000 workers who have famil...


Cities

View All