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HC asks government to explain details on grants to elite school

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New Delhi, Dec 5 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today asked the Union Government to explain the details about the grants it had given to Sanskriti School, established by the society formed by the wives of the top bureaucrates since its inception in 1995.

Rejecting the two-page reply, a division bench headed by Justice Swatantar Kumar asked the Union Government to file a detailed affidavit explaining whether the grant was one time or given later also, the break-ups of the grants from various ministries and departments.

The court also summoned the Journalist working with an English daily to be present in the court on January 31, 2007 to explain the facts he had mentioned in a news report on proposed grant of Rs 5 crore to Sanskriti School.

Senior Counsel Arun Jaitley appearing for the School submitted that the Court could not review the budgetary provisions passed by Parliament.

''Can a court examine the budgetary provision of grant by Parliament?'' he asked.

Moreover, the government had given Rs 5 crore for the establishment of the school in 1995 and the school is run on its own, he said.

The school was set up by a society formed in 1995 by the wives of the top bureaucrats and the wife of Cabinet Secretary is the President of the governing body.

Taking suo motu cognizance of the news report, the High Court had issued notices to the government and the school for sanctioning of more funds.

The Government was planning to sanction another grant of about Rs 5 crore to the school for expansion.

Rejecting the arguments that the grant of Rs 10 crore extended to Sanskriti School was towards the capital expenses, the court asserted that government resources should be made available firstly to the weaker sections of society.

UNI PAT AT DB2007

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