Allahabad HC issues notice to NDMA challenging the validity of the PM CARES Fund

Allahabad HC issues notice to NDMA challenging the validity of the PM CARES Fund

Yesterday, Allahabad High Court issued notices to the Union of India and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in a civil review petition filed before it challenging the validity of the PM CARES Fund.

Back in August 2020, the Court rejected the challenge to the constitutional validity of the PMCARES Fund and the PMNRF in light of the Disaster Management Act.

Thereafter, the petitioner moved the Supreme Court challenging the HC's order, however,  later in March 2022, the Supreme Court, directed the petitioner to file a review before the Allahabad High Court. Following this, the instant review petition has been moved before the HC.

Now, hearing the review plea last week, the bench of Chief Justice Pritinker Diwaker and Justice Saumitra Dayal Singh issued notices to the UOI and NDMA and also granted them the liberty to file their objection to the delay condonation application by the applicant. With this, the matter has been posted for hearing in the last week of July.

It has been pleaded in the petition that the money/ funds contained in the PMNRF and PMCARES Fund be transferred/ credited to the NDRF. The applicant has also submitted that the Government does not have the power to create a Trust, otherwise than by an authority of law, as per Entry 10 of the Concurrent List under the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution.

Case title - Divya Pal Singh vs. Union Of India And 2 Others

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