A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court seeking a declaration of the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund as a “State”.
The plea also seeks disclosure of its audit report periodically.
Now the court will hear the petition on April 23.
Delhi High Court Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Jasmeet Singh clubbed this case with an application to bring PM CARES Fund under the Right to Information (RTI) Act and listed both the matters for hearing on April 23.
Both the pleas were filed by petitioner Samyak Gangwal, who sought the declaration of the fund as ‘the State’ under Article 12 of the Constitution of India.
The second prayer seeks the court to direct PM CARES Fund to disclose its audit report on its website periodically along with the details of the donations received and their utilisation every quarter.
“PM CARES Fund performs a public function, which is similar to government functions. It utilises the privileges, benefits and exemptions which are reserved for the state,” the petitioner contended.
The petition also raised an issue over a paragraph in the trust deed issued on the PM CARES website where it is stated that the trust is not controlled by the government.
“It is unimaginable that a fund, which has been set up by the Prime Minister of India, has been declared to be a fund over which there is no government control,” the petitioner said.
(With IANS inputs)