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HC refuses to stay transfer of funds from Siddhivina­yak

Trust to donate to CM’s COVID-19 Relief Fund

- Special Correspond­ent

The Bombay High Court on Friday refused to grant an interim stay on the transfer of funds from the Trust of the famous Siddhivina­yak temple to the State government for the government’s ‘Shiv Bhojan thali meal scheme’ and the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to fight COVID-19.

A Division Bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Revati Mohitedere was hearing a PIL filed by one Leela Ranga challengin­g government resolution­s dated March 19, June 25 and July 23.

By such resolution­s, it had been decided to transfer ₹5 crore from the temple trust to the government to give effect to the scheme.

According to advocate Pradeep Sancheti, representi­ng Ms. Ranga, such transfer is illegal and beyond the provisions of the Shree Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Temple Trust (Prabhadevi) Act, 1980. Mr. Sancheti sought an interim stay on any transfer of money from the temple funds to the government. The court refused the same, however, and said that if any irregulari­ties were found related to the funds, it would direct the government to refund the amount.

The court directed the State and the Shree Siddhivina­yak Ganpati Temple Trust Management Committee to file affidavits in response to the plea.

The court posted the matter to be heard in the first week of October.

 ?? AADESH CHOUDHARI ■ ?? Quiet affair: A view of the Siddhivina­yak temple during the COVID-19 restrictio­ns on March 16.
AADESH CHOUDHARI ■ Quiet affair: A view of the Siddhivina­yak temple during the COVID-19 restrictio­ns on March 16.

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