U’khand govt serves notices to five ex-CMs to vacate bungalows

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Uttarakhand government has served notices to five of its former chief ministers giving them about two months’ time to vacate bungalows allotted to them.

The notices were issued after Uttarakhand High Court asked the state government on October 7 to explain the steps taken by it to evacuate government bungalows occupied by former CMs years, after demitting office, setting a deadline of 12 days.

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The notices have been issued to five former CMs including N D Tiwari, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Bhuvan Chandra Khanduri Bhagat Singh Koshiyari and Vijay Bahuguna asking them to vacate the government bungalows allotted to them by December 16, Secretary Uttarakhand Estates department C S Napalchyal said.

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The notices were issued yesterday.

The state government has to file its response in the high court tomorrow when a writ petition filed by noted rights activist Avdhash Kaushal in this regard is scheduled to come for hearing.

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Armed with a recent Supreme Court order directing former Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh to vacate government bungalows occupied by them for years in Lucknow after demitting office, Kaushal, a Padmashree awardee, had sought early hearing and disposal of his six-year-old petition on a similar matter.

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