The Supreme Court on Monday ruled out a law passed by the then-Akhilesh Yadav govt in Uttar Pradesh granting permanent residential accommodation to former chief ministers of the state.The decision was taken by the apex court while hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Lokprahari. The plea had challenged the decision of the government to allot official bungalows to Chief Ministers after their tenure in the office got over.
The Court in its order said that Former CMs of the state are not entitled to government bungalows. The court said that a former chief minister is equivalent to a civilian in the eyes of the law hence cannot be given special accommodation for life.
While striking down the UP govt ‘s law granting permanent residential accommodation to former CMs, Supreme Court said, Section 4(3) of UP Ministers (salaries, allowances & miscellaneous provisions) Act, 2016 is unconstitutional.
Currently, the chief ministers who have possession of official bungalows are Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav and Mulayam Singh Yadav, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rajnath Singh and Kalyan Singh, and ND Tiwari of the Congress party.