The Supreme Court on Monday held that former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh are not entitled to any government accommodation for lifetime and should handover the possession of such bungalows after a fortnight from the date on which their term comes to an end.
The six former chief ministers — Kalyan Singh, Rajnath Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Mayawati, Narayan Dutt Tiwari and Ram Naresh Yadav — continue to occupy bungalows located on Lucknow’s posh Mall Road and Vikramaditya Marg.
A bench headed by Justice Anil R Dave said that the government bungalows allotted to them “is held to be bad in law” and such occupants “shall hand over possession of the bungalows occupied by them within two months and the respondent government shall also recover appropriate rent from the occupants for the period during which they were in unauthorized occupation of the bungalows.”
It further said that the State of Uttar Pradesh “cannot permit any former Chief Minister to occupy any government bungalow or any government accommodation after 15 days from the date on which his term comes to an end.”
So far as allotment of bungalows to private trusts or societies is concerned, the apex court said that such allotment cannot be held to be justified.
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-CMs.