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The Chief Justice of India and judges of the Supreme Court are contributing Rs 25,000 each towards Kerala flood relief fund. The money will be deposited in the Kerala Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund.
The apex court bench helmed by the CJI and Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud made the observation while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) that sought the barring of lawmakers from practising in courts across the country.
The top court bench made the observation after Attorney General KK Venugopal referred to the tragedy that has hit the southern state.
According to media reports, the AG had earlier donated Rs 1 crore to the flood relief fund. The calamity has also grabbed global attention.
Meanwhile, social networking giant Facebook is also donating $250,000 (nearly Rs 1.75 crore) for relief work in Kerala, which has been battered by torrential rains, floods and landslides, leaving over 300 dead amid the massive destruction, the company said on Monday.
Kerala has been facing the worst flooding in a century. Kerala Chief Minister confirmed on Saturday that the death toll due to the floods has increased to 400. He added that the state has suffered a loss of Rs 19,512 crore due to the deluge.
(With inputs from agencies)