“No right to occupy government bungalows after retirement”

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notice to former Bihar Governor Buta Singh, former Delhi Police Commissioner Y. S. Dadwal, other serving and retired bureaucrats, certain journalists and IPS officers -- in all, over 150 occupants -- asking them to show cause why they should not be evicted from government bungalows in the Capital.

A Bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and S.J. Mukhopadhaya asked them to explain by December 5 whether they had any legal or Constitutional right to occupy the bungalows.

‘No rights’

After Additional Solicitor-General A.S. Chandihok submitted a list of occupants in six categories of bungalows, the Bench observed: “We are, prima facie , satisfied that they do not have legal and Constitutional rights to occupy the premises after their retirement. Time has come for our intervention.”

‘Publish notice’

The Bench asked the Centre to publish a public notice, in English and Hindi newspapers, incorporating the names of all such unauthorised occupants.

Order in a week

Pointing out that some of them had been occupying the bungalows for more than 10 years, the Bench drew attention to the government’s failure to get them vacated.

When the ASG said the allotment of the entire Faridkot House to the National Green Tribunal would be made after fulfilment of certain conditions, the Bench said the allotment order should be issued immediately.

The ASG said it would be done in a week.

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