The Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed an order passed by the Tripura High Court order summoning an MHA official with details on the government security cover provided to Mukesh Ambani, his wife Nita Ambani and children, Akash Ambani, Anant Ambani and Isha Ambani. The decision to stay the Tripura High Court’s order came at the behest of an intervention by the Centre’s Narendra Modi government.
An individual named Bikash Saha had moved the Tripura High Court challenging the rationale behind VVIP security cover provided to the Ambanis at the expense of taxpayers’ money. The Tripura High Court on 21 June had summoned an official from the Ministry of Home Affairs to submit the original file on threat perception to the Ambanis in a sealed cover.
The interim order by the Tripura High Court was challenged by the Modi government in the Supreme Court. Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had said that the Tripura High Court had no jurisdiction to pass an order on the matter. Mehta had also mentioned that a similar PIL was filed before the Bombay High Court, which dismissed the petition.
A Supreme Court Bench of Justices Surya Kant and JB Pardiwala on Wednesday stayed the Tripura High Court’s order. The bench, according to the Livelaw website, said, “Issue notice returnable on 22nd July, 2022. Meanwhile implementation of orders dated 31.05.2022 and 21.06.2022 passed by Tripura HC shall remain stayed.”
Meanwhile, Mukesh Ambani has announced his succession plan by resigning from the board of Reliance Jio and appointing Akash Ambani as the company’s Chairman.