Aid to flood-hit Pak: Notices to MEA, Kerala govt

The Kerala High court today issued notices to the External Affairs ministry and the state on the state government`s decision to donate Rs five crore as flood relief to Pakistan.

Kochi: The Kerala High court today issued
notices to the External Affairs ministry and the state on the
state government`s decision to donate Rs five crore as flood
relief to Pakistan.

The court said serious constitutional issues are involved
in this decision.

The Union and state governments have also been asked to
file counters.

The directions were issued by a division bench, comprising
Chief Justice J Chelameswar and Justice P R Ramachandra Menon
on a petition by T V Mohandas, Koovappadam.

According to the petitioner, the decision by the state
government was an encroachment on the powers of union
government and it violates the Disaster Management Act.

The state government, which finds it difficult to provide
adequate flood relief within the state, was prepared to donate
funds to Pakistan. This was a discrimination against the
people of the state, the petitioner said.

The petitioner contended that the government had taken the
decision just 24 hours ahead of the local body polls "only
with a malicious intent to placate a handful of pro-Pakistan
voters."

-PTI

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