Public money was used for these Awards by the State Govt.
On Wednesday the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad HC asked for a reply from the government of Uttar Pradesh on a petition filed by the Centre for the Civil Liberties against the ‘Yash Bharati Awards’ being given in an arbitrary manner.
Centre’s counsel Nutan Thakur said that the State govt. is giving ₹ 11 lakh & a huge monthly salary to the Yash Bharati awardees, but the awards are being given in a completely random & arbitrary manner on complete fancies and whims.There have been charges of nepotism and favouritism against the ruling party.
The state govt.’s counsel asked for some time to present a reply.
The bench of comprising Justices Devendra Kumar Arora & Rajan Roy said that since public money was used for these awards, it can’t be used in such an arbitrary manner.
The next hearing will be on January 23, 2017 for which the court has also summoned the Culture Secretary with all the records .
The petition has prayed for the setting up of an inquiry committee under a retired HC judge to evaluate the awards which have been given between 2012-2016 & take the award money back from those awardees who have been awarded by flouting norms.
The Yash Bharati awards are the state’s highest civilian awards. These were Constituted years back by the then CM Mulayam Singh Yadav, successive Samajwadi Party govts. have carried forward these awards.