Madras HC dismisses PIL seeking guidelines for scrutiny
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Last Updated: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 22:27
  
Chennai: Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL, at the admission stage itself, seeking a direction to the Union Government to formulate guidelines for scrutiny of cash withdrawals from "Secret Service Funds" of different States.

In his petition, ST Varadarajulu, an Advocate, alleged 'Secret Service Funds' were not used for the purpose they were meant to be. The money went into wrong hands for personal monetary gains, petition alleged.

He also submitted there was no transparency in the cash withdrawn. For the past several years, the country faced new challenges. Despite increase in the allocation of money to the secret fund, the police was not been able to take control of situations and intelligence failures were very common, the petitioner alleged.

Varadarajulu also sought a direction to call for the records from the Comptroller and Auditor-General of India pertaining to the funds for Tamil Nadu for the last five years and direct a CBI probe into the utilisation of the money so that guilty officers could be prosecuted.

Dismissing the Petition, a Division Bench, consisting of Justices Elipe Dharma Rao and D.Hariparanthaman, said though allegations had been made in the affidavit, no material in support thereof had been produced.

The petitioner had not indicated the provision of law under which the fund had been created to indicate how the money had to be spent, the judges said.

The court said the petitioner?s earlier prayer had been dismissed last year by the Supreme Court last, which observed that it could not be acceded to in the absence of any provision of law. The Bench also said the prayer seeking a direction to the Centre to ensure that steps were taken to formulate guidelines could not be granted since it was for the Legislature to frame laws/guidelines.

The 'secret service funds' relate to allocation of money by the government to the state police department.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, February 17, 2011, 22:27


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