A petition has been filed before the Delhi HC seeking a direction to the PM CARES Fund to divulge information under the Right to Information Act, 2005.

The Petition asserts that the PM CARES Fund is a ‘public authority’ within the ambit of Section 2(h) of the RTI Act and is thus obligated to disclose not only the details of the money received by it but also the details of its utilization.

The Petition has been preferred by Advocate Dr Surender Singh Hooda.

The Petitioner has stated that the Fund was set up to fight COVID-19, a public cause, and as much as Rs 10,000 crore was collected by way of donations from public at large, including donations from the Public Sector Undertakings, salaries of armed forces personnel, civil servants and members of the judicial entities.

The Petitioner has thus claimed that he has filed the present petition on behalf of every COVID-19 victim who has the right to know how the Fund was spending the donations.

The matter is likely to be heard on June 10.