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Patna HC rejects Tejashwi's petition challenging Bihar govt order to vacate bungalow

Press Trust of India  |  Patna 

RJD received a setback on Monday, when the High Court dismissed his petition challenging the government's order asking him to vacate the bungalow allotted to him while he was the deputy

A division bench of A P Sahi and Justice rejected the Rashtriya (RJD) leader's appeal challenging a single-judge order dated October 6, 2018, which had turned down his petition against the state government's direction.

The single-judge order had said "the petitioner has been allotted a bungalow, matching his status as a in the government, at 1, Polo Road, He cannot raise complaint on the decision so taken, simply because the present bungalow is more suited to him".

Yadav, who is now the of the Opposition in the Assembly, occupies the 5, Desh Ratna Marg bungalow, which is at a stone's throw from the Raj Bhavan and the chief minister's official residence.

The government has asked Yadav to swap residences with Deputy Sushil Kumar Modi, who lives in 1, Polo Road, situated about a kilometre away.

The high court rejected Yadav's appeal, observing "it is correct that the appellant after becoming of opposition is entitled for a bungalow, which can be allotted to a The question is, can he insist upon occupying the same bungalow that was allotted to him... when he was in the government".

It lamented that both Yadav and Modi appear to be contesting their competitive claims as if a "vested right exists to occupy a particular premises".

"We find that this squabble over the allotment of a bungalow should not have been made a cause of dispute, as if it was a division of some private property. The rights which are being agitated upon are not such rights so as to place them on the pedestal of legally enforceable, indefeasible rights," the court remarked.

Reacting to Monday's court order, Yadav said, "This is not the end. I will move the

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 23:20 IST