The Special Protection Group Act,1988
Section 5. Control direction, etc
(1) There shall be an armed force of the Union called the Special Protection Group for providing proximate security to-
(i) the Prime Minister and members of his immediate family; and
1 [“(ii) any former Prime Minister or to the members of his immediate family-
(a) for a period of one year from the date on which the former Prime Minister ceased to hold office and beyond one year based on the level of threat as decided by the Central Government, so however that not more than twelve months shall elapse between two consecutive assessments made in regard to the need for proximate security:
Provided that while deciding the level of threat, the Central Government shall take into account, among other things, the following factors, namely:-
(A) that the threat emanates from any militant or terrorist organisation or any other source; and
(B) that the threat is of a grave and continuing nature;
(b) on their visits abroad, based on entitlement to proximate security and the level of threat as assessed by the Central Government;”]
(2) Subject to the provisions of this Act, the Group shall be constituted in such manner as may be prescribed and the terms and conditions of service of the members of the Group shall be such as may be prescribed.
(3) Notwithstanding anything contained in this section, any person or any member of any other armed force of the Union may be appointed to the Group by the Central Government by a general or special order and for such period as may be specified in such order, and the person so appointed shall, during the period of this appointment, be deemed to be a member of the Group, and the provisions of this Act shall, so far as may be, apply to such person or member.
1. Substituted by act Special Protection Group (Amendment) Act,2003. (Act NO. 20 OF 2003] w.e.f 13-3-2003