New Delhi: The Supreme Court has been moved for a direction to the Centre and states to debar convicted persons from being appointed as Trustees of a Public Trust and to disqualify existing trustees, if they were found convicted for any offence involving moral turpitude. Senior counsel K. Subramanian, appearing for petitioner, Dr P.R. Subhas Chandran, social activist of Hyderabad, submitted before a Bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Kanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud that at present there is no Central law governing public trusts, although some states have ‘Public Trust Act’.
The counsel said the Charities Act of 1993 provides for automatic disqualification of a person from being a trustee of Public Trust. The Bench in a brief order directed the petitioner to submit a representation in this regard to the Chief Secretaries States concerned where there is no law that the trustee of a public trust shall not be a convicted person.