Withold pension of employees who overstay in govt houses: SC

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New Delhi, Sep 19 (UNI) Coming down heavily on unauthorised occupants of government bungalows and accommodations, the Supreme Court today told the government to consider witholding the pension of employees who continue to stay even after retirement.

A bench comprising Justice B N Aggrawal, Justice S H Kapadia and Justice D K Jain allowed the government to employ all methods including arrest, suspension, dismissal from service and criminal prosecution against unauthorised occupants of government bungalows to force them to vacate the accomodation.

The apex court also pulled up the government for showing lack of will in enforcing the law against illegal occupants.

The court granted four weeks to the Centre to respond to the issue whether Sec 441 IPC (Tresspass) can be made non-bailable to prosecute the illegal occupants. The court made it clear to the government that it should not only file the response but also act effectively against the offenders.

Earlier, Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium and Amarender Saran told the court that the issue was under the active consideration of the government and it required some more time to come out with comprehensive response.

The court has also directed the state governments to respond.

Yesterday, the court had told the government in no uncertain terms that it lacked guts to go after big fishes like politicians and top bureaucrats.

The court was also unhappy with the casual attitude of the government towards recovery of dues including penal charges from the occupants who include former and present ministers, MPs and MLAs.

The defaulters include BJP President Rajnath Singh, former Union Minister and senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh and former Bihar Governor Buta Singh.

Dues outstanding against illegal occupants run into several crores and the government has not taken any step for making recoveries.

The court had also chided the government for asking for court's directions to take action against illegal occupants.

UNI

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