'Vacate bunglows or no pension': SC to govt officials

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New Delhi, July 5: The Supreme Court has come down heavily on the unauthorized occupation of government bungalows by bureaucrats, ministers and judges. In the verdict delivered on Friday, the Apex Court laid down guidelines for the eviction of unauthorized occupants and said that their pension can be stopped if they refuse to vacate the bungalow.

"Judges should vacate government accommodation within a month after retirement, which can be extended for another month," the court ruled. The Speaker of the Lok Sabha and the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha were also directed to order actions against ministers and MPs for over-staying in government accommodations.

"Government bungalows cannot be converted into memorials," the apex court stated further, addressing the controversy surrounding Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar's residing in her late father Babu Jagjivan Ram's bungalow.

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