Delhi High Court to hear petitions related to PM Cares Fund on December 10

Delhi High Court to hear petitions related to PM Cares Fund on December 10

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday agreed to hear the petitions related to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Emergency Situations Relief Fund (PM Cares Fund) on December 10.

Earlier, the matter was listed for November 10, but it was adjourned as the bench concerned was not assembled. Chief Justice D.N. A bench headed by Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh on Friday allowed early hearing of the petitions in the matter.

The petitions, filed by Samyak Gangwal through advocates Debopriyo Maulik and Ayush Srivastava, have sought declaration of PM Cares Fund as a state under the Constitution and the name of the Prime Minister of India not to be used on its website.

They have also sought to stop the PM Cares Fund from using the state emblem of India on its website, trust deed, other official or unofficial communications and advertisements.

In response to the petition, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) submitted before the court that the PM CARES Fund includes voluntary donations made by individuals and institutions and is not in any way part of the business or work of the Central Government. Further, it is not part of any government scheme or business of the Central Government and being a public trust, it is also not subject to the audit of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).

As per the submission made by the Centre, the PM-CARES Fund is not a public authority under the purview of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act, which clarifies that no government money is deposited in the PM-CARES Fund and only Unconditional and voluntary contributions are accepted under PM-CARES Fund.

It is reiterated that the fund of the Trust is not a Government of India fund and the amount does not go to the Consolidated Fund of India, said an affidavit filed by the PMO.

In order to ensure transparency, the audit report along with the details of utilization of funds received by the trust is put up on the official website of the trust, the affidavit said.

The Center further said that the Trust works on the principles of transparency and public interest in the larger public interest like any other charitable trust and, therefore, can have no objection in uploading all its proposals on its website to ensure transparency.

The Center had urged the Delhi High Court to dismiss the petition, saying such a petition was not legally maintainable.

In another petition, Gangwal has challenged the decision of the Central Public Information Officer and the PMO in which the RTI application seeking documents related to the PM Cares Fund was rejected.

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