No lifetime government accommodation for former chief ministers: India's top court

New Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Aug 01, 2016, 12:05 PM IST

A bench headed by Justice Anil R Dave said that any government accommodation occupied by a former chief minister should be vacated within two to three months. Photograph:(AFP)

The Supreme Court of India today held that former chief ministers are not entitled for government accommodation for lifetime.

A bench headed by Justice Anil R Dave, which pronounced its verdict on a 2004 plea, 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 an NGO Lok Prahari, based out of northern India Uttar Pradesh (UP) state, which had sought a direction against allotment of government bungalows to ex chief ministers 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 judgment on the plea was reserved on November 27, 2014.