The Supreme Court on 1 August 2016 held that former Chief Ministers are not entitled for government accommodation for lifetime. The court said that any such government accommodation should be vacated within two to three months.
The verdict was pronounced by a bench headed by Justice Anil R Dave on a 2004 plea filed by a UP-based NGO Lok Prahari. The NGO in its plea sought a direction against allotment of government bungalows to former CMs and other what it said non-eligible organisations.
The other members of the bench were Justice UU Lalit and Justice L Nageswara Rao. The judgment on the plea was reserved on 27 November 2014.
The petitioner had alleged that despite the direction of Allahabad High Court, the Uttar Pradesh government had framed ex-Chief Minister's Residence Allotment Rules, 1997 (non-statutory) for allotting bungalows to successive former-chief ministers.
Main points raised in the plea were
• The NGO also said that the rules framed in 1997 for allotment of government bungalows to ex-CMs were unconstitutional and illegal.
• It also claimed that those occupying them were allegedly unauthorised occupants under the purview of the UP Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act.
• It said that retention of government accommodation by chief ministers after demitting office was against the Provisions of UP Ministers (Salaries/allowances and other facilities) Act.
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What: Supreme Court
When: 1 August 2016