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Housing: SC asks UP on unauthorised occupants

india Updated: Apr 04, 2007 01:37 IST
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Taking exception to the lackadaisical attitude of the Uttar Pradesh government in implementing the order to evict unauthorised occupants of government accommodation, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked it explain the action taken action taken to throw them out.

A Bench headed by Justice BN Agrawal passed the order after Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar informed the court that 270 government bungalows/flats were still in illegal occupation of certain former ministers, MPs, MLAs and bureaucrats.

The court asked the state government to file an action taken report by the next date of hearing on July 31 detailing the steps taken to evict the illegal occupants and also for realising the penal rent from them.

The court also wanted the Uttar Pradesh Government to explain as to on what basis 122 bungalows/flats were re-allotted to various people.

The order came on a PIL seeking directions to the Centre and state governments to get the unauthorised occupants of government accomodations evicted and also charge penal rent from such occupants for the period of illegal occupancy.

The court expressed its displeasure at the collusive attitude of state authorities with such illegal occupants who are enjoying government accomodations without paying anything.

Even as crores of rupees were due from the illegal occupants, the government was not taking proper step to recover the arrears.

Two seventy illegal occupants of the total 450 still remain despite the directions of the apex court to evict them immediately.