NAINITAL: With most former chief ministers yet to vacate the bungalows allotted to them, the Uttarakhand high court on Monday set them a deadline of February 15 warning them of stern measures, including forced eviction, if they fail to meet it.
Taking serious note of most former chief ministers shying away from vacating the premises allotted to them, a division bench of chief Justice K M Joseph and Justice V K Bisht said they should file an affidavit in the court by December 14 saying they will vacate the premises allotted to them by February 15, the petitioner’s counsel Kartikeya Hari Gupta said.
“The honourable court told the ex-CMs to vacate the government houses by February 15 or the court will have to pass strict orders, if need be by use of force. The HC took a serious view of the fact that despite repeated requests the former CMs have not come up saying that they are going to vacate house,” Gupta said.
The division bench also asked the state government, “Under what law, you have provided cars with free fuels to these former CMs?
Initially the court had asked the former chief ministers to vacate the premises by January 31. However, it slightly modified the order when the former chief ministers sought extension of the deadline through their lawyers. The only former chief minister to have vacated his premises in response to an earlier court order in this regard is Bhagat Singh Koshiyari. The rest of them, including ND Tiwari, Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Vijay Bahuguna, are yet to follow suit.
The court also directed the state government to file an affidavit by December 14 when the petition comes up for hearing again specifying the amount it plans to recover by way of rent from the former chief ministers.
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