HYDERABAD: A division bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday directed the Accountant General concerned to complete the audit of funds allocated under the Constituency Development Programme (CDP) to MLAs and MLCs and as Special Development Fund (SDF) to the state ministers within six months and submit report to the court.
The bench was dealing with a PIL filed by the Forum for Good Governance, an NGO represented by its secretary M Padmanabha Reddy, challenging the allocation of funds of about `700 crore by state government under the CDP to MLAs and MLCs and as SDF to the ministers without treasure control and audit inspection by any authority. Till Dec 2016 each MLA and MLC were allocated `1.5 crore and in December 2016 the state government has increased the CDP fund from `1.5 crore to `3 crore to each MLA and MLC, the petitioner noted.
Counsel S Satyam Reddy, appearing for the petitioner NGO, urged the court to declare the action of the respondents in releasing about `700 crore as CDP to MLAs and MLCs and as SDF to ministers without treasure control and audit inspection by any authority as illegal and arbitrary. He sought direction to the state government to complete the audit into release of the above funds.