Patna High Court passes historic verdict on former CMs and govt bungalows

In a major decision, the Patna High Court on Tuesday struck down a bill that enabled former chief ministers to live in government bungalows for life.

The petition to this effect was taken up by a division bench of the court.

The court termed the bill as unconstitutional and ordered former chief ministers to vacate their bungalows.

It is said that the verdict was on expected lines as the Supreme Court last year asked former chief ministers in Uttar Pradesh to vacate the bungalows allotted to them when they were in power.

After the Patna high court’s order, two former chief ministers like Jagannath Mishra and Satish Kumar Singh would have to vacate their bungalows immediately.

Again, Rabri Devi and Jeetan Ram Manjhi may continue staying in their bungalows as both of them have been elected as legislators several times.

Last month, the court had asked former CMs to file a response in four weeks as to why former chief ministers cannot shift into a private accommodation when they are provided with high security there as well.

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