SC rejects plea against PM CARES Fund | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea looking for quashing of the choice to arrange the PM CARES Fund, the place folks can donate cash, to cope with the scenario arising out of the Covid-19 pandemic.
A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde described the PIL filed by lawyer M L Sharma as “misconceived” and dismissed it in a listening to performed via video conferencing.
The bench, which additionally comprised justices L Nageswara Rao and M M Shantanagoudar, didn’t comply with the competition of the lawyer that the fund has been created with out following the schemes enumerated underneath Articles 266 and 267 (which cope with the contingency and the Consolidated Funds of India) of the Constitution.
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On March 28, the Centre arrange the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund with the first goal to cope with any sort of emergency scenario just like the one at the moment posed by the Covid-19 outbreak and supply reduction to these affected.
The prime minister is the ex-officio chairman of the fund and the defence, house and finance ministers are its ex-officio trustees.
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“That cause of action arose to the petitioner on March 28, upon having press release for the formation of impugned PM CARES Fund and appeal by the Prime Minister of India to donate funds in that trust to fight Covid-19 and aid healthcare in future without any ordinance and gazette notification by the government of India,” the PIL has mentioned.
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The plea had made all of the trustees of the fund in addition to the prime minister events to it and had sought a switch of the donations obtained up to now within the fund to the Consolidated Fund of India, moreover a court docket-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe into the organising of the fund.
It mentioned the belief needed to be created in accordance with Articles 267 and 266(2), which cope with the contingency and the Consolidated Funds of India, of the Constitution.
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“Impugned trust has not either been created by Parliament/state legislator within Article 267. It is neither passed by Parliament nor approved by the President of India. There is no ordinance/gazette notification in this regard,” the PIL has mentioned.

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