New Delhi, May 7: The Supreme Court on Monday 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. The verdict was pronounced by a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi in a petition filed by the NGO, Lok Prahari. Also Read - Sudarshan TV Row: 'Free Speech, Not Hatred,' Supreme Court Says Media Self-regulation System Toothless
The law was passed by the previous Akhilesh Yadav government in the state. This law has now been quashed by the apex court. While striking down the UP government ‘s law granting permanent residential accommodation to former CMs, the Supreme Court said that Section 4(3) of UP Ministers (salaries, allowances & miscellaneous provisions) Act, 2016 is unconstitutional. Also Read - 2021 Haridwar Kumbh: In a First, Number of Pilgrims to Be Restricted; Entry Passes to Be Issued
“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. Also Read - War on 'Love Jihad'? Yogi Govt Likely to Bring Ordinance To Restrict Religious Conversion in UP
The apex court had on April 19 reserved its verdict on an NGO’s plea challenging amendments to the UP legislation allowing ex-chief ministers of the state to continue occupying government bungalows. The top court had earlier observed that if the provision, which has been challenged by NGO Lok Prahari, was held invalid, then similar legislation in other states might also come under challenge.
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 inputs from agencies