SC Irked by casual govt attitude on unauthorised occupant eviction

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New Delhi, Aug 5 (UNI) The Supreme Court today expressed displeaseure over the casual attitude of the Centre and state governments in getting unauthorised occupants of government accommodation evicted saying ''even God cannot help this country''.

The strong observations were made by a bench comprising Justices B N Agrawal and G S Singhvi while dealing with a PIL on the immediate eviction of unauthorised occupants of government accommodation who include top politicians, bureaucrats, judges, journalists and others.

The petitioner S D Bandi had also prayed to the court to direct the Central and state governments to take immediate steps for recovery of demurrages from illegal occupants running into crores of rupees.

The apex court in its order noted that the Union government and majority of the states were not inclined to amend the Public Premises Act to declare illegal occupants as trespassers and to prosecute them under section 441 IPC.

The Centre submitted before the court that an amendment in the Act was not necessary.

''Their (government's) stand is condemnable in view of the galloping trend of unauthorised occupancy which the executive is not ready to control. The executive acts in a leisurely manner only after having been forced by the court orders.

''Union government has no desire the implement the law. In view of these facts the matter should not be pursued further regarding amendment of Section 441 IPC,'' the court said.

''It is said God alone can save this country but now we feel even God cannot help this country and can remain only a mute spectator,'' it added.

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