Attorney General Milon K Banerji on Friday offered two other type-VIII bungalows to TDSAT Chairman Justice Arun Kumar to choose from in place of contentious 9, Krishna Menon Marg, which has been allotted to Defence Minister AK Antony.
At the outset of the proceedings, a Bench of Justice Ashok Bhan and Justice Dalveer Bhandari asked the Attorney General to suggest a solution to the dispute between TDSAT and the Government over 9, Kirshna Menon Marg in New Delhi.
Banerji, who had come prepared with a written note, showed it to the Bench and requested it to consider the proposals contained therein. Interestingly, Banerji did not give a copy of his note to the TDSAT counsel and requested the court not to make public its contents.
After perusing the note, the Bench revealed that the Government has offered two bungalows — 3, Teen Murti Lane and 9, Thyagraj Marg, New Delhi and the TDSAT could choose either of the two in place of 9, Krishna Menon Marg.
Banerji informed the court that 3, Teen Murti Lane was lying vacant while the other bungalow would fall vacant shortly.
The Bench asked senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi, who represented TDSAT before it, to respond to the offer made by the Attorney General by Monday, when the matter would be taken up for hearing.
Terming the Attorney General's suggestion as "reasonable", the court made it clear to the TDSAT that it should choose one of the two bungalows and resolve the issue. "We can't do more," it observed.
Earlier, the Centre had categorically told the court that it will not give 9, Krishna Menon Marg to the TDSAT Chairman, saying it would be violation of the existing rules and policy on allotment of Type-VIII bungalows.
Taking strong exception to the TDSAT not surrendering the 9, Krishna Menon Marg Bungalow after the retirement of Justice Kumar's predecessor Justice Santosh N Hegde, the Government had went to the extent of terming it as unlawful.
The TDSAT has moved the court seeking to retain 9, Krishna Menon Marg, which was earlier allotted to Justice Hegde.
As the TDSAT has not handed over the possession of the bungalow to the Government, the Defence Minister is forced to live in a flat.
The TDSAT maintained that there had been communication with the government on retaining 9, Krishna Menon Marg and that its Chairman was entitled to a Type-VIII Bungalow.
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