New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today desisted from hearing a PIL challenging a generous donation of Rs 15 crore by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India towards the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund, alleging it to be violative of the Chartered Accountants Act, 1949.
A divisional bench of the court, comprising Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, while hearing the matter through video conferencing, stated: “This seems to be a motivated PIL against the ICAI’s chief.”
The petition has been filed by journalist and RTI activist Navneet Chawla and states that the core question involved in this case is, how can an institute transfer a huge amount in contravention of the law?
Justice Jalan stated:
“This seems to be a motivated PIL against the chief. What is the Issue of Public Interest? How do you get into it? It doesn’t fall under the four corners of the PIL. There are some contours for filling of the PIL.”
Whereas, the Chief Justice stated: “Ok, do you want the order of the court or withdrawal? We will either dismiss it with cost or you can withdraw it.” At this the petitioner said that he wants to withdraw the petition.
The bench dismissed the petition as withdrawn without any condition.
-India Legal Bureau