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246 VVIPs evicted from government houses

The Centre informed SC that of the 465 VVIPs illegally occupying government accommodation, 246 had been evicted.

india Updated: Jan 24, 2006 21:34 IST

The central government on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that of the 465 VVIPs illegally occupying government accommodation in the Capital, 246 had been evicted or had vacated.

Expressing its displeasure, a bench consisting of Justices BN Agarwal and AK Mathur had in the last two hearings asked the central government to see that all the 465 VVIPs vacated their houses without the need for the court to pass orders for their eviction.

On Tuesday, the government filed a fresh affidavit stating that of the 465 cases, 246 occupants had been removed and 27 cases had been regularised.

"The list of unauthorised occupants is now reduced to 224 and of them 76 cases are pending before the High Court and application for expeditious disposal of these cases have been filed.

"The remaining 148 cases are pending before the estate officer at various stages and are likely to culminate within a period of two months," the affidavit said.

It further said that 36 occupants were occupying houses above their entitlement and five of them had been granted revised allotments. The occupation of the remaining 29 MPs in 'general pool' bungalows was not in conformity with the established norms.

According to the affidavit, no action regarding cancellation/eviction in respect of these 29 MPs could be initiated, as they had not been provided alternative accommodation.

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were responsible for providing accommodation to these MPs and both the secretary-generals had been asked to provide accommodation immediately to their members from the surplus residential units available with the respective house committees.

The bench took on record this affidavit and granted two months time to the Centre to intimate the further progress in the matter and adjourned the hearing till then.

First Published: Jan 24, 2006 21:34 IST