Hearing a public interest litigation alleging misuse of discretionary grants by Punjab chief minister, ministers and chief parliamentary secretaries to various organisations on pick and choose basis, the Punjab and Haryana high court has put stay on their disbursement till July 10.
The directions came from the division bench comprising acting chief justice MM Kumar and justice Alok Singh on a public interest litigation filed by advocate HC Arora.
The bench stated, "Sanction of grants by ministers under discretionary quota on the basis of pick and choose cannot be acceptable to any society governed by rule of law."
The court said that the Punjab government should explain the procedure, if any, being adopted by it for verifying from the accounts of beneficiaries whether grants had actually been used for the purpose for which these were released.
The bench observed that mere submissions of utilisation certificates was not sufficient to know about the end use of the discretionary grants.
Going through an affidavit filed by Avtar Singh Mavi, under secretary in department of rural development and panchayats, the bench stated that an under secretary level officer was not expected to give his opinion about the irregularities in release of discretionary grants by higher officials.
The court ordered secretary, department of rural development and panchayats, to file a detailed affidavit on the next date of hearing.