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SC orders politicians' evictions for overstaying

Last updated on: October 24, 2005 18:15 IST

Using strong language, the Supreme Court on Monday deplored the conduct of politicians for "unauthorised" occupation of government accomodation in the capital and asked the government to take remedial measures like "throwing out" Bihar Governor Buta Singh. "Buta Singh is Governor of Bihar. What is he doing here? How can he be occupaying a house in New Delhi? Governor cannot have a House here. Throw him out," a bench comprising Justice B N Agarwal and Justice A K Mathur observed.

The bench's observations came while it was perusing the list provided by the Centre on unauthorised occupation of Government accomodation which contained the name of the Bihar Governor at the top. Singh has been in unauthorised possession of 9 Lodi Estate since March 6, 2004.

The Court expressed its anguish over the failure to implement the provisions of the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971. "The ordinary law for eviction has become an utter failure," the bench said, adding, "the persons who laid down the laws are violating them by overstaying". "The question is how can they occupy house after expiry of allotment period," the bench observed and expressed further displeasure by saying that "in General pool also there is violation".

Additional Solictor General Gopal Subramanian, who appeared on behalf of Attorney General Milon Banerjee in the writ petition which has been treated as Public Interest Litigation by the court, said there are 465 cases of unauthorised occupation of General Pool Accomodation.

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