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SC Orders Tejashwi Yadav To Vacate Govt Bungalow, Fines Him Rs 50000 For Challenging Court's Decision

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| February 8 , 2019 , 14:28 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav's plea, challenging the Patna High Court order asking him to vacate the government bungalow meant for the deputy chief minister and ordered him to shift to an accommodation for the leader of the opposition.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna rejected Tejashwi's appeal against the Bihar government's order asking him to vacate the bungalow allotted to him while he was the deputy chief minister.

The bench also imposed a fine of Rs. 50,000 on the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader for challenging the decision and wasting the Judicial time.

Tejashwi Yadav, who is currently a leader of the opposition in the Bihar state assembly, filed an appeal against the Patna High Court judgement turning down his petition challenging the Bihar government order to vacate his bungalow to make way for Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

On January 7, a division bench of the high court rejected the RJD leader's appeal challenging a single-judge order on October 6, 2018, turning down his petition against the state government's direction.

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

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Tejashwi Yadav had been allotted the 5, Desh Ratna Marg bungalow, a stone's throw from the Raj Bhavan and the chief minister's official residence.

It was allotted to Tejashwi Yadav in 2015 when he was appointed deputy chief minister of the then ''Grand Alliance'' government headed by Nitish Kumar.

The Nitish Kumar government had asked Mr Yadav to swap residences with Sushil Kumar Modi.