The Supreme Court today delivered historic judgement ordering the eviction of former chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh and various organisations headed by influential political leaders from palatial government bungalows within two months. The ruling sent jitters to political leaders across the party. Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, BSP Supremo Mayawati, Union Home Minister Raj Nath Singh, Governor Rajasthan Kalyan Singh, Congress leaders Narayan Datt Tiwari and Ram Naresh Yadav have to vacate their bungalows situated in prime locations of the state capital.
The bench comprising of Justices Anil R Dave, NV Ramana and R Banumathi, delivered the verdict on a PIL filed by Lucknow based NGO “Lok Prahari” who filed the petition against State of Uttar Pradesh for this immoral practice that put an extra burden on the state exchequer.
The judgment which held that former Chief Ministers are not entitled to government accommodation was reserved almost two years back. The PIL was filed in 2004 and after 12 years of sustained efforts of the General Secretary of the NGO, Satya Narain Shukla, a retired IAS officer and an advocate, it was finally decided today. The Supreme Court had reserved the judgement on November 27, 2014, when the bench heard the matter at length.
Shukla alleged in the PIL that former chief ministers and some organisations and trusts headed by them and other politicos are undeserving of government accommodation.
Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav have decorated the said palatial air-conditioned bungalows like their own property after spending crores of rupees from the state’s exchequer. Even present Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has got himself allotted a bungalow and enlarged its area by merging adjoining bungalow so that he could excess in it from both sides of Vikramadiya Marg and Kalidas Marg.