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HC refuses to stay transfer of funds from Siddhivinayak temple to govt.

The Bombay High Court on Friday refused to grant an interim stay on the transfer of funds from the Trust of the 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 Rs. 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 beyond the provisions of the Shree Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Temple Trust (Prabhadevi) Act, 1980.