Prodded sharply by the Punjab and Haryana High Court,the Chandigarh Administration has set a deadline of June 15 to evict all unauthorised occupants from government accommodations. This was conveyed by counsels of Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh to the high court on Wednesday,during the resumed hearing of a petition demanding eviction of unauthorised occupants from government houses.
After Indias richest woman,Savitri Jindal,vacated the government house allotted to her in Chandigarh on April 29,the Punjab government is in full swing to get the house unauthorisedly occupied by former Punjab Chief Minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal vacated within a month.
Of the total 43 lakhs penal rent slapped on Jindal,mother of businessman-MP Naveen Jindal,for unauthorised occupation of government accommodation,Jindal paid around Rs 20 lakh.
Senior standing counsel for the administration,Sanjay Kaushal,informed a division bench,comprising acting Chief Justice Jasbir Singh and Rakesh Kumar Jain,that allotment of all those in unauthorised occupation had been cancelled. He added that the Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) had been conveyed by the authorities to get all bureaucrats and VVIPs unauthorisedly occupying government houses evicted. The SDM has been directed to submit a report by June 15.
During the resumed hearing of the petition,Advocate G S Chahal,counsel for the Haryana government,filed an affidavit informing the court that former Haryana transport minister O P Jain and Savitri Jindal had vacated the houses. As directed by the state,police officers,government servants and peons had vacated government houses.
A list of those people whose cases are pending in courts over possession of government houses was also furnished. The court was informed that as of now,except those whose cases are pending in courts,no government houses were occupied illegally.
On the last date of hearing,in April,the high court had given the Punjab and Haryana governments six weeks to get the official accommodations vacated.
The development took place following 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.
The Punjab government,on the last date of hearing,had informed the high court that the state had decided to discontinue the issuance of salaries of officers illegally occupying government accommodation.