No sealing of PSUs guesthouses: SC

The court passes the order after pursuing the 20th report of its Monitoring Committee, reports Satya Prakash.

india Updated: Dec 12, 2006 23:21 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday exempted from the sealing drive of all such guesthouses and transit homes run by Public Sector Undertakings and Public Limited Companies in the capital which were strictly being used for their officers.

The interim order came from a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India YK Sabharwal, which said it would applicable to only those transit homes/guesthouses, which were not being let out for commercial considerations.

"Until further orders the premises used by PSUs as transit homes/guest houses for their officers and not being let out as commercial ventures are exempted from sealing. The same principle would apply to Public Limited Companies as well," it said.

The court passed the order after pursuing the 20th report of its Monitoring Committee. It asked the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to file its response to the Committee's report within four weeks and posted the matter for further hearing in February next year.

It also ordered de-sealing of a State Bank of India Guest House at D-56 in East of Kailash area of the city after the Bank's counsel submitted that it was strictly being used by its officers and there was no commercial consideration involved.

The SBI had moved the court seeking de-sealing of its guesthouse on the ground that it was not a business venture and that it was being used only for providing temporary accommodation to the officers transferred to Delhi.

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First Published: Dec 12, 2006 23:21 IST