The Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL which sought a declaration of funds received by the Prime Minister’s Citizens Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation (PM CARES), created by the Union government during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A division bench of Justices Sunil Shukre and Anil Kilor dismissed the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by advocate Arvind Waghmare.
The petition sought a direction to the government to declare funds received and expenditure of the funds on the government’s website periodically.
The PIL also sought a direction to the government and the trust to appoint or to nominate at least two members from opposition parties in order to have a proper check and transparency.
Waghmare in his petition said the PM CARES trust had Prime Minister Narendra Modi as its chairperson and ministers from the defence, home and finance departments as its members.