Maha Guv Koshyari moves SC over contempt proceedings

Maharashtra Governor Koshyari moves SC against contempt proceedings over rent payment

Senior advocate Aman Sinha will be arguing for Maharashtra Governor in the matter before the apex court

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari.

Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari has approached the Supreme Court against a contempt notice issued by the Uttarakhand High Court on a plea, alleging his failure to pay market rent for a government bungalow.

The accommodation was allocated to him as a former chief minister.

Koshyari, sitting Governor of Maharasthra, in the petition, filed through advocates Ardhendhu Mauli Prasad and Pravesh Thakur, has sought a stay on the high court order.

The plea cited Article 361 of the Constitution which gave protection to President and Governors from invoking any such proceedings. The plea also contended that the market rent was exorbitant and it has been computed without any rationale. The process of determination of market rent has been arbitrary, discriminatory and violative of principles of natural justice, he said.

He also said the order by the HC was passed without hearing him in the matter.

On October 26, the Supreme Court had already stayed the contempt proceedings against Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank initiated by the high court for occupying the government bungalow after demitting office as chief minister, without rent.

The HC had on May 3, last directed the former CMs to pay market rent for the period they occupied the government bungalows after demitting office.

A PIL was first filed by Uttar Pradesh-based NGO 'Lok Prahari' in the top court which led to a verdict on August 1, 2016, against the allotment of bungalows to ex-CMs in Uttar Pradesh