The Supreme Court of India ordered the Maharashtra government and the Ministry of Home Affairs to provide Z+ security to India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani and his family. And what's worth mentioning is that this security cover would be given to them abroad too. It will be the duty of Ministry of Home Affairs to look after the security arrangements for the Ambanis abroad.
Also, the cost of the security cover will be borne by Mukesh Ambani.
There are different layers of protection accorded to individuals in India; which includes Z security, Y, and X level security.
4 agencies are responsible for providing security to VIPs in India. They are SPG (Special Protection Group), NSG (National Security Guard), ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police) and CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force).
NSG is the most advanced security force, in-charge of the security of many VIPs ranging from Chief Ministers to Prime Ministers and persons who have a high threat to their lives in India.
It is the highest security cover in India.
What are Z, Y and X layers of security?
Z-level security: After Z+ is the Z-level security, which comprises 22 security guards including 5 NSG commandos and police personnel. It is considered the third highest degree of security.
People like Baba Ramdev and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan have Z security cover.
Y cover: It is the fourth highest security cover given to individuals and it comprises 11 personnel, including 1-2 NSG commandos.
It also comes with two PSOs (Personal Security Officers).
X cover: This is the fifth level of security given to individuals in India and this comes with 2 security professionals; both of whom are armed officers.
This security cover is given to several people in India and it comes with one PSO.
SPG level: The SPG level of security is given to the PM, former Prime Ministers and their families everywhere on the globe, since it ensures their security.
After the assassination of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1984, the Indian government set up the SPG. It was established in 1988 by an Act of the Indian Parliament.
A person, who is facing a threat can file an application with the nearest police station.