Ex-CMs not entitled for government accommodation for lifetime: SC
The Supreme Court has held that former Chief Ministers are not entitled for government accommodation for lifetime.
The judgment of the apex court came on a plea filed by Uttar Pradesh-based NGO Lok Prahari which had sought a direction against allotment of government bungalows to former CMs.
The apex court pronounced its verdict on a 2004 plea and rule that any such government accommodation should be vacated within two to three months.
What is the case?
- The petitioner had alleged that despite the direction of Allahabad High Court, Uttar Pradesh Government had framed ex-Chief Minister’s Residence Allotment Rules, 1997 (non-statutory) for allotting bungalows to successive former-chief ministers.
- The NGO had also contended that the rules for allotment of government bungalows to ex-chief ministers were unconstitutional and illegal.
- It had alleged that ex-chief ministers occupying government bungalows were unauthorised occupants under purview of UP Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act.
- It also had alleged that retention of government accommodation by chief ministers after demitting office was against the Provisions of UP Ministers (Salaries/allowances and other facilities) Act.