SC strikes down UP’s law allowing ex-CMs to retain Govt bungalows

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 08 May 2018 08:58:05



FORMER Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh cannot retain Government accommodation after demitting office, the Supreme Court held on Monday, saying a Chief Minister was at par with a common man once his or her term ends.

Observing that a Chief Minister cannot continue to occupy public property like government bungalows which belong to people of the country, a bench headed by Justice Ranjan Gogoi struck down an amendment in a State legislation allowing them to retain Government accommodation even after demitting office.

The bench said the provision, which was struck down, has the effect of creating a separate class of citizens for conferment of benefits by way of distribution of public property on the basis of the previous public office held by them. “Natural resources, public lands and the public goods like government bungalows/ official residence are public property that belongs to the people of the country. The ‘Doctrine of Equality’ which emerges from the concepts of justice, fairness must guide the State in the distribution/allocation of the same,” the bench, which also comprised Justice R Banumathi said.