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Former Chief Ministers of UP moves SC seeking time to vacate their official residences

Team SoOLEGAL 29 May 2018 4:30pm

Former Chief Ministers of UP moves SC seeking time to vacate their official residences

Soon after the Supreme Court directed Uttar Pradesh's former Chief Ministers to evacuate government bungalows, Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav on Monday moved the Supreme Court, demanding “appropriate” time to vacate their official residences.

The duo had earlier written to the State government requesting two years’ time to shift out of their bungalows. And now, both have approached the top court seeking more time to move.

While Mr. Singh cited age and health as the main reasons why he need more time to vacate, Mr. Yadav, on the other hand, said he still needs to locate an appropriate house to accommodate the security personnel allotted to him as a former CM.

Case background:

A SC bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi had on May 7 axed the U.P. Law that allowed former Chief Ministers to retain their official bungalows. The bench’s decision came in response to a petition filed by Lok Prahari, an NGO.

The petition challenged the constitutional validity of the UP Ministers (Salaries and Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Act of 2016 and The Allotment of Houses under Control of the Estate Department Bill of 2016.

“Once the Chief Minister demits the office, he/she is at par with the common citizen, though by virtue of the office held, he/she may be entitled to security and other protocols. But allotment of government bungalow, to be occupied during his/her lifetime, would not be guided by the constitutional principle of equality”, the SC bench had said, while hearing the petition.  

The effect of the SC verdict became apparent within days of its pronouncement, when 6 ex-CMs ordered by the Estate Department to check out of their bungalows within 15 days following the Supreme Court’s order.

 

Tagged: Supreme Court   Uttar Pradesh   Chief Minister   Mulayam Singh Yadav   Akhilesh Yadav   Amendment Act of 2016   Estate Department  
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