Staff Reporter

`Government did not have vacant bungalows to allot'

  • The Bench passed the directions on a petition by an advocate
  • `Several former Ministers were illegally staying in some of the bungalows'

    NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court has directed the Union Government to speedily allot accommodations to six of its judges who have been in the queue for it for the past several months.

    A Division Bench of the Court comprising Justice Vijender Jain and Justice Kailash Gambhir also directed the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to replace two accommodations in the judges' pool because they were not fit to stay.

    The Bench passed the directions on a petition by an advocate seeking allotment of accommodations to the High Court judges on wait.

    When Additional Solicitor-General P.P. Malhotra submitted that as of now the Government did not have vacant bungalows to allot to the judges, the petitioner said that several former Ministers and bureaucrats were illegally staying in some of the bungalows where the judges were entitled to reside.

    The petitioner submitted that the Government should get these bungalows vacated and hand over them to the judges who were without accommodation.

    Mr. Malhotra then submitted that the Government had written several times to the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha secretariats requesting them to direct the former Ministers illegally occupying the bungalows to vacate them so that they could be allotted to those who were entitled to.

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