Uttarakhand HC strikes down Act validating illegal occupation of State Bungalows by Ex-Chief Ministers for free over 19-year period

"The State cannot extend largesse to any person at the sweet will and whim of political entities and/or officers of the State", the Court observed while passing its judgment on Tuesday.
Uttarakhand HC strikes down Act validating illegal occupation of State Bungalows by Ex-Chief Ministers for free over 19-year period
Uttarakhand High Court

The Uttarakhand High Court on Tuesday struck down a law brought in by the State Government to validate the free occupation of State-provided bungalows by former Chief Ministers and the illegal expenditure incurred on that account over a 19-year period (Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra v. State of Uttarakhand and others).

The law under question, and which has now been struck down as void and unenforceable, is the Uttarakhand Former Chief Ministers Facility (Residential and other facilities) Act, 2019 (Act 5 of 2020, hereinafter referred to as 'the Act').

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