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Nagpur lawyer Arvind Waghmare has filed a PIL at the Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court demanding transparency among other things with respect to the PM-CARES fund set up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to battle COVID-19 pandemic. The PIL will be heard by Justice Madhav J Jamdar on May 12.
Advocate Waghmare, through the PIL, has stated that when the PM-CARES fund, which is a public charitable trust, was set by PM Modi on March 28, it was informed that while PM Modi will be the chairman of the trust, Defence Minister, Home Minister and Finance Minister will be the trustees.
It was also mentioned that apart from these four individuals, three eminent personalities from different walks of life will also be included as trustees. But it has been more than 40 days and these three people have not been included as trustees. Through the PIL, Advocate Waghmare has demanded that two out these three trustees should be immediately appointed and should be leaders of two major opposition political parties.
Stating that thousands of crore rupees have been donated to the fund, Advocate Waghmare has asserted that the financial details of the fund should be made public. The PIL points out that major donations to the fund includes Rs 1500 crore donation by Ratan Tata and Rs 1225 crore donation by Azim Premji Foundation.
With respect to the donations, Advocate Waghmare also said that instead of the independent auditor, Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) should audit PM-CARES fund.