SC notice to UP govt over bungalow law

Declaring as “bad in law” and “unreasonable”, the top court had in August quashed the rules framed by the UP government in 1997 that entitled former CMs to occupy Type-VI government bungalows for a lifetime.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:November 16, 2016 3:10 am

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government over a new law that has sought to nullify the effect of the apex court’s judgment directing six former UP chief ministers, including Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and two sitting Governors, to vacate their government bungalows in Lucknow.

Declaring as “bad in law” and “unreasonable”, the top court had in August quashed the rules framed by the UP government in 1997 that entitled former CMs to occupy Type-VI government bungalows for a lifetime.

The former CMs include Rajnath Singh, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, Kalyan Singh and Ram Naresh Yadav who are Governors of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, respectively, and Congress leader N D Tiwari.

But recently, the UP government amended the law to allow former CMs of the state to occupy government-allotted bungalows for an indefinite period.