New Delhi: In a setback for former chief ministers, the Supreme Court has ruled that they are not entitled to any government accommodation.
A bench headed by Justice Anil R Dave said that any such government accommodation should be vacated within two to three months. “They don’t have the right to occupy government accommodation for lifetime,” the bench also comprising justices U U Lalit and L Nageswara Rao said.
The judgment came on a plea filed by a UP-based NGO Lok Prahari, which had sought a direction against allotment of government bungalows to ex-CMs and other “non-eligible” organisations.
The NGO had alleged that despite the direction of Allahabad high court, the UP government had framed ex-Chief Minister’s Residence Allotment Rules, 1997 (non-statutory) for allotting bungalows to successive ex-chief ministers.
The NGO had also contended that the rules framed in 1997 for allotment of government bungalows to ex-chief ministers were unconstitutional and illegal, and those occupying them were allegedly unauthorised occupants under the purview of the UP Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act.
The petitioner also 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.
The bungalows occupied by the former chief ministers are located on Lucknow’s posh Mall Road and Vikramaditya Marg. The six former chief ministers are Kalyan Singh, Rajnath Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, Narayan Dutt Tiwari and Ram Naresh Yadav. The bungalows occupied by the former chief ministers are located on Lucknow’s posh Mall Road and Vikramaditya Marg.