In the dock for its decision to allot a bungalow in New Delhi to a UPSC member instead of a retired judge,the government earned a breather from the Supreme Court Monday after it handed out a fresh order of allotting a prized Type VII bungalow to the former judge.
The Centre informed a Bench of Justices C K Prasad and Kurian Joseph that a new bungalow had been allotted to the retired judge and that a formal order had been passed.
Reproaching the Ministry of Urban Development for allotting a bungalow to a UPSC member instead of a retired judge,the Bench had on the last date restrained the government from allotting the Type VI and VII bungalows until further orders.
The court had come down heavily on MoUD Secretary Sudhir Krishna for reneging on his affidavit to the court regarding allotment of a Type VII bungalow to retired Supreme Court judge Justice Mukundakam Sharma and demanded a reply on why contempt of court proceedings should not be initiated against him.
While the government blamed it on a misunderstanding,Krishna,in his reply to the showcause contempt notice,tendered an unconditional apology.