Any order on bungalows to ex-CMs can have ramifications: SC
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday said that any order against the allotment of government bungalows to former Chief Ministers may have wider ramifications as there were different state and central laws on the issue in the country.
The apex courts said the issue needed to be debated at length as its directions may affect various state and central legislations regarding allotment of government accomodation to ex-Chief Ministers.
"We are of the view that the issue is of considerable importance which would have an impact on legislations in different states and also the central legislations," a bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and Naveen Sinha said.
The apex court was hearing a plea filed by NGO Lok Prahari challenging recent amendments to an Uttar Pradesh legislation allowing ex-Chief Ministers of the state to continue occupying government bungalows, despite an apex court verdict on it.
The bench also appointed senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam to assist the court as amicus curiae and said that advocate Gopal Shankar Narayan would assist him in the matter.
It listed the matter for further hearing on October 10.
The NGO had challenged the amendments made by the erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government to the 'UP Ministers (Salaries,Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1981'.
It had also challenged another law passed by the UP government last year called 'The Allotment of Houses under Control of the Estate Department Bill-2016' to regulate the allotment of government accommodations to trusts, journalists, political parties, Speaker and Deputy Speaker of legislative assembly, judicial officers and government officials.