High court Punjab to stop salaries of those officers overstaying in govt houses
The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Friday gave six weeks time to the Punjab and Haryana governments to get vacated the official accommodations unauthorisedly occupied by Savitri Jindal,Indias richest woman,and former Punjab chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal.
If Jindal does not vacate the government house occupied by her in Chandigarh within 15 days,Haryana will complete eviction proceedings against her within six weeks.
A division bench comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Justice R K Jain passed these directions on a petition filed by Surinder Pal Singh Tinna. The petitioner had alleged that retired bureaucrats from Punjab,former ministers and other VIPs had occupied government accommodations in Chandigarh despite losing their rights to occupy the same.
In a related development,the Punjab government informed the High Court that the state had decided to stop salaries of those officers overstaying in government houses. The errant officers would not be paid salaries till they vacated the accommodations. The division bench also asked the Chandigarh administration to furnish details of the serving officers residing in government accommodations.
Jindal has been overstaying in the palatial government accommodation for the past more than three years even after losing her Cabinet berth in the Haryana government. She also owes an amount of Rs 90 lakh as penal rent for staying in the house since November 22,2009. She was allotted a house in Sector 7 from the chief ministers pool. Jindal was first elected as an MLA from Hisar constituency in 2005 and remained a minister till 2009.
Bhattal is also illegally occupying a government house allotted to her during her tenure as the leader of Opposition from 2007 to 2012.
A Punjab law officer on Friday apprised the High Court that the state had initiated the eviction proceedings against Bhattal. On this,the division bench directed the state that eviction proceedings should be completed within a period of six weeks.