Calcutta high court orders CAG Audit of Amphan relief amid allegations of corruption and irregularities in relief distribution work

2nd Dec

Calcutta high court orders CAG Audit of Amphan relief amid allegations of corruption and irregularities in relief distribution work

The Calcutta high court directed the comptroller and auditor general of India to audit amphan cyclone related relief, amid allegations of irregularities and corruption in distribution work.
The bench of Chief Justice T B Radhakrishnan and justice Arijit Banerjee was hearing a batch of petitions instituted in the public interest.
Most important, the court issued in its order, that the comptroller and auditor general of India is a necessary party to these writ petitions.
Therefore, the court emphasised over the functionality of comptroller and auditor general of India as an additional respondent in all the writ petitions.
The central govt issued schemes which were intended to support the people of West Bengal who were adversely affected by the amphan cyclone.
It was argued that a large number of people, who were true and real victims of amphan suffered the loss of support by way of relief schemes. The court left it open for the CAG of India and its office to take a comprehensive look at all the issues and matters related to the cyclone. The court requested the CAG to conclude the exercise within an outer limit of three months.