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Court did not get opportunity to pronounce verdict on many other aspects of 'PM Cares': Chidambaram

The India Print 2020-08-20 08:48:50

New Delhi. Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday said that the Supreme Court's decision on the ' PM Cares ' fund was about its legal aspect and the apex court did not get an opportunity to decide on aspects like transparency and management related to this fund. He tweeted, "Supreme Court has given verdict on the legitimacy and legal accountability of 'PM Cares'". The verdict is final but it will not be debated in the academic community for long. ”Chidambaram claimed,“ There were many other aspects of the PM-Cares fund on which the Supreme Court did not get a chance to pronounce the verdict. These aspects are transparency, publicizing the details of the fund and management.

Significantly, the Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to direct the Center to transfer the amount of donations received from the PM Cares Fund to the National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF) to fight Kovid-19. A three-member bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Justice R. Subhash Reddy and Justice MR Shah, in their decision heard through video conference on the petition of an NGO, said that voluntary contribution to the National Disaster Response Fund can be done because There is no such legal restriction under the Disaster Management Act. 

In this PIL, the NGO Center for Public Interest Litigations requested the court to direct the Center to transfer the amount deposited in the PM Cares Fund to NDRF to deal with the Kovid-19 epidemic. The Center set up the Prime Minister's Civil Assistance and Relief (PM Cares) Fund on 28 March with the intention of dealing with emergencies like the Kovid-19 epidemic and providing relief to the affected people. The Prime Minister is the ex-officio Chairman of this PM Cares Fund and the Minister of Defense, Home Minister and Finance Minister are ex-officio trustees.