New Delhi, June 19: The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday, June 19, called the state government’s amendment to provide salaries and houses to the former Chief Ministers as ‘unconstitutional’. The High Court also directed them to vacate the government residences within a period of one month.
The High Court’s direction has come over a month after the Supreme Court quashed the law passed by Uttar Pradesh government granting permanent residential accommodation to former chief ministers of the state. The court in its order said that former chief ministers of the state are not entitled to government bungalows.
Striking down the law, passed by the previous Akhilesh Yadav government, the Supreme Court said that Section 4(3) of UP Ministers (salaries, allowances & miscellaneous provisions) Act, 2016 is ‘unconstitutional’. The verdict was pronounced by a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi in a petition filed by the NGO, Lok Prahari.
“Once a person demits public office, there is nothing to distinguish them from common man,” the apex court said while delivering its verdict on the plea. It now remains to be seen whether former chief ministers currently living in government bungalows will have to vacate the premises.
In 2016, the Supreme Court had struck down the Constitutional validity of the law formulated by the then Uttar Pradesh government that entitled former chief ministers to government bungalows for life. Following this, the Akhilesh Yadav government had amended the law.
With agency inputs