Rajasthan HC issues notice to BJP on CM’s Gaurav Yatra expense details

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra’ through the state, ahead of assembly elections scheduled for later in 2018

The Rajasthan High Court on August 10 issued notice to BJP state unit chief on a PIL regarding the expenses incurred on the party’s ongoing ‘Gaurav Yatra’ led by CM Vasundhara Raje, a lawyer said

The Rajasthan High Court on Friday, August 10 issued notice to Bharatiya Janata Party state unit chief Madan Lal Saini on a PIL regarding the expenses incurred on the party's ongoing 'Gaurav Yatra' led by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in the state, a lawyer said.

The court directed Saini to submit his party's stand on the expenses by August 16, said petitioner-advocate Vibhuti Bhushan Sharma.

Sharma's PIL was taken up in the court of Chief Justice Pradeep Nandrajog.

On August 4, BJP President Amit Shah flagged off the 'Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra' from Charbhuja temple in Rajsamund, which is being seen as the official start of the party's campaigning ahead of the assembly polls coming up later this year.

The PIL mentioned that the 'Gaurav Yatra' was a ruling party initiative and questioned the state government orders to the Public Works Department on August 1 to make arrangements for setting up the stage, sound system, decoration etc for the yatra by inviting tenders for the same.

State Congress chief Sachin Pilot has claimed that government funds are being misused for the yatra and showed state government orders to PWD officials on the issue, to the media

The PIL listed as respondents the state Chief Secretary, PWD Principal Secretary and Chief Engineer and BJP state unit President Madan Lal Saini.

He also questioned the delegation of tasks to officials of Information and Public Relations Department for publicity work.

Sharma told IANS that advocates for the Chief Secretary and PWD told the court on Friday that orders pertaining to expenses for the yatra have since been withdrawn.

However, Sharma said, the Chief Justice maintained that hearing in the matter is mandatory and thus issued a show-cause notice to Saini who was directed to present his party's stand by August 16.

State Congress chief Sachin Pilot has claimed that government funds are being misused for the yatra and showed state government orders to PWD officials on the issue, to the media.

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