A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court on Thursday, seeking direction to the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund to divulge information, including details of the money received and utilised, under the Right to Information Act, PTI reported. Petitioner and advocate Surinder Singh Hooda said the plea has been listed for urgent hearing on June 10.

The plea cited newspaper reports that said that the government had refused to divulge information about the fund to an RTI petitioner, claiming that it is not a public authority, The Hindu reported. “The reluctance of the trustees of the fund in divulging information as to the management of the fund raises a profoundly serious apprehension since the fund has been set up to fight Covid-19 which a public cause,” Hooda, who is a practicing advocate-on-record at the Supreme Court, said.

The plea said the fund was announced on March 28, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Indians to donate to help in the fight against the novel coronavirus. “After two months, the total corpus of the fund stands at approximately Rs 10,000 crore and the amount has been so collected upon strength of prestige lent by the office of the hon’ble prime minister,” the plea said.

Hooda argued that...

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