Ministry of Home Affairs has rejected the RTI request seeking information on the expense incurred on the Y security cover provided to Nita Ambani, the wife of the Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani.
An Ahmedabad-based RTI activist had contacted the MHA asking several questions relating to the central government’s decision to provide Y category security cover to Nita Ambani.
In his request, the activist, who requested anonymity, had asked, “Please Provide the specific reason to grant Nita Ambani Y category security cover. Please provide the name of the Authority/Person who grants Nita Ambani Y category security cover. Please provide the photo copy of letter received from Nita Ambani to request security cover. Please provide the total monthly expense incurred to provide Y category security cover to Nita Ambani.
“Please provide the total monthly expense received from Nita Ambani to Home Ministry for Y category security cover. Please provide the list of Name/Person/Celebrity who received the Y category security cover from Home Ministry.”
The MHA, in its reply stated, “In this regard, it is stated that the security is provided to an individual on the basis of ‘assessment-of-threat’ carried out by the security agencies. However, in regard to the information sought by you in respect of a particular individual i.e. Ms Nita Ambani, the details in this regard are exempted under Sections 8(1)(g), 8(1)(j)and 24(1) of the RTI Act-2005 and hence the same cannot be provided to you.”
This came after Reliance Industries Limited Chairman Mukesh Ambani was accorded a ‘Z’ category security few years ago.
A report by PTI said that Nita Ambani had recently been provided a full ‘Y’ cover of about ten armed men who would be travelling with her every time she is mobile.
They said a threat assessment report prepared by central security agencies reported requirement of a special security cover for her after which the Union Home Ministry sanctioned the protection.