The Allahabad High Court on Friday allowed former cabinet secretary Shashank Shekhar Singh to stay in the government bungalow allotted to him by the previous Mayawati government after he gave an undertaking that he would vacate it by May 31.
Singh,who is no longer in government service,was allotted the bungalow in Raj Bhavan colony until May 2013. However,the Samajwadi Party government cancelled the previous governments order on April 22 and served Singh a notice to vacate the house on April 25. Singh challenged the government order.
During the hearing,Justice S N Shukla observed that Singh,who had retired on March 9,could retain the house until April 9 under the rules.
Singhs advocate J N Mathur submitted that Singhs private house was under repair and may take another month for completion.
Singh then submitted an affidavit stating that he would vacate the house by May 31,2012.
Accepting his undertaking,Justice Shukla said that after this date,the state government could get the house vacated with the aid of police. The judge observed that till midnight of May 31,Singhs possession should not be disturbed.