The Bombay Excessive Courtroom today refused to grant an interim keep on the switch of funds from Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak Temple Belief to the Maharashtra authorities for his or her battle in opposition to the lethal coronavirus pandemic and likewise for a subsidised meals scheme for the poor within the state.
The courtroom, nonetheless, made it clear that if any irregularities associated to the funds have been discovered later, it will direct the federal government to refund the quantity.
An advocate, Leela Ranga, had filed a petition difficult three Authorities Resolutions (GRs) dated March 19, June 25 and July 25, 2020, that accorded sanction to the temple belief committee to donate Rs 5 crore every for the state’s ‘Shiv Bhojan’ meals scheme and to the Chief Ministers Aid Fund to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mr Ranga’s counsel Pradeep Sancheti argued that the resolutions have been “unlawful and impermissible” below provisions of the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati Temple Belief (Prabhadevi) Act, 1980.
The belief manages the well-known Siddhivinayak Temple in Mumbai’s Prabhadevi.
Pradeep Sancheti sought the courtroom to grant an interim keep on any switch of cash from the temple funds to the federal government.
A division bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Revati Mohite Dere, nonetheless, stated that it was not inclined to grant any keep at this stage.
The bench directed the Maharashtra authorities and the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati Temple Belief Administration Committee to file affidavits in response to the plea.
Prima facie, we’re happy that the petitioner has made out a case. Nonetheless, we’re not inclined to grant any interim aid at this stage.
“However any motion taken (by the use of switch of funds) shall be topic to the ultimate orders of the courtroom, the bench maintained. If on the time of ultimate listening to of the petition, we come to the conclusion that there have been irregularities (associated to the funds), we are going to set the clock again and ask the federal government to refund the quantity,” Chief Justice Datta stated.
The bench has posted the plea for additional listening to within the first week of October.
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