Government Accommodation Not Meant For Retirees: Supreme Court


Government Accommodation Not Meant For Retirees: Supreme Court

Supreme Court has put aside an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.

New Delhi:

Government lodging is supposed for serving officers and never retirees as a “benevolence”, the Supreme Court has mentioned whereas setting apart an order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court permitting a retired public servant to retain such premises.

Right to shelter doesn’t imply proper to authorities lodging, the Supreme Court mentioned, observing that route to permit a retired public servant to retain such premises for an indefinite interval is distribution of state largesse with none coverage.

While permitting the attraction filed by the Centre, a bench of justices Hemant Gupta and AS Bopanna put aside the High Court order and directed the retired Intelligence Bureau officer, a Kashmiri migrant, handy over vacant bodily possession of the premises on or earlier than October 31, 2021.

The bench additionally directed the Centre to submit a report of motion taken in opposition to retired public servants, who’re in authorities lodging submit their retirement by advantage of orders of the excessive courts, by November 15, 2021.

The officer, who was transferred to Faridabad the place he was allotted a authorities lodging, had attained the age of superannuation from service on October 31, 2006.

“The right to shelter does not mean right to government accommodation. The government accommodation is meant for serving officers and officials and not to the retirees as a benevolence and distribution of largesse,” the bench mentioned in its judgement handed final week.

The Supreme Court was listening to a plea in opposition to the July 2011 order of a division bench of the excessive court docket which had dismissed a petition in opposition to its single decide order.

The single decide had mentioned it was not potential for the retired officer to return to his personal state as a result of which the order of eviction shall be stored in abeyance. The excessive court docket had additionally mentioned the authorities have been at liberty to supply various lodging to him on nominal licence charge in Faridabad.


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