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Court's observation

The Supreme Court's strong observation on unauthorised occupation of Government accommodation by 465 VVIPs is welcome. It is no surprise that it took a public interest litigation to throw light on the fact that they had failed to vacate their government bungalows even after the expiry of the allotment period.

No political party is likely to have ever addressed the issue because, as is evident from the list of VVIPs, politicians of all hues seem to have abused their right to accommodation. The Court should direct the Centre to specify a timeframe for evicting the occupants who overstay. It should also direct other courts to dispose of such cases fast.

P. Sreenivasan,
Chennai

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That leaders who claim to be the protectors of aam aadmi have not even vacated their government accommodation is a matter of shame. More shameful is the fact that the Court had to step in to set right the wrong. The Government should be asked to evict the trespassers immediately and collect market rent for the period of overstay. It is shocking that the party with a difference is no different when it comes to misusing government perks.

K.R.P. Gupta,
Mumbai

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It is distressing to note that Buta Singh has to be evicted by an order of the Supreme Court on the basis of a PIL petition. One who enjoys the luxury of a palatial Raj Bhavan in Bihar need not have allowed things to come to such a pass. Why did he not vacate his Delhi residence when he became Governor? The Supreme Court's observation brings to light government inaction, on the one hand, and the lack of honesty and integrity of politicians, on the other.

S. Raghothaman,
Chennai

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It is heartening to note that the apex court has come down heavily on the VVIPS, including Mr. Buta Singh. Can an ordinary government servant overstay in his quarters? If he does not vacate within a stipulated time, he is thrown out. A peon who takes a paltry sum as bribe is dismissed from service. But politicians have never been convicted of corruption. This is the root cause of erosion of values in society. Courts are right in addressing such matters.

M.B. Pillai,
Kollam, Kerala

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The Court should not have used words such as "throw him out" with respect to Mr. Buta Singh. The order could have been passed without using such language against a constitutional authority. In any case, Mr. Buta Singh is not the only person who has overstayed.

G. Nithayapratab,
Chennai

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The Court's remarks reflect its anger and anguish against what obviously is an unlawful act. It is in the interest of the UPA Government, headed by an honest person like Manmohan Singh, to evict him not only from his government accommodation in New Delhi but also from the Bihar Raj Bhavan.

D. Samuel Lawrence,
Madurai, T.N.

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The VVIPs have violated the law. In a country where the rule of law is supreme, stringent action should be taken against the law-breakers.

Bidyarani Asem,
New Delhi

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The moral indignation expressed by the Court has not come a day too soon. But media reports seem to emphasise the overstay more, ignoring the Government's responsibility in the matter. It is but a truism that as long as the landlord is docile or is afraid of squatters, squatting will continue. The Court's observation needs effective, high-level follow-up action, lest it end up as a one-time judicial outburst for the record.

Intemperate language used at times by courts, while expressing their anguish, tends to carry unintended nuances. The language used by the Court while singling out Mr. Buta Singh would certainly please the gallery.

K.X.M. John,
Kochi, Kerala

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If those who lay down the law violate it, why should the rest of the people follow it? The Government should establish a school to train the people's representatives, before they assume office, on how to follow the law.

K. Balaji,
Coimbatore

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It is unfortunate that those who are expected to abide by rules and regulations have blatantly violated them. It is a sad reflection on the leaders and the nation that has such persons at the helm. The increasing frequency with which the judiciary is being forced to intervene even in routine matters does not portend well for democracy.

Y.S. Kadakshamani,
Madurai, T.N.

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Stringent laws should be enacted and enforced to forcibly evict the VVIPs, without any judicial prompting.

M.S. Rajasekaran,
Chennai

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The case has thrown light on the extent of misuse of authority by the very persons who enact laws and are bound to uphold them. Misuse of public property cannot be condoned in a democratic polity. It amounts to breach of trust. The apex court censure should send them packing from the bungalows and serve as a warning against illegal occupation in future.

N.K. Vijayan,
Kizhakkambalam, Kerala

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Now that almost all political parties find a place in the list of defaulters, they will bond together and cry foul over judicial activism. Some tough policeman should be put in charge of evicting those who have overstayed.

R. Koushiki,
Chennai

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I will not be surprised if all the parties close ranks to overcome the situation and bring in a law saying politicians can retain lifetime occupation of government bungalows. The government officials who helped the VVIPs to overstay should also be booked and punished, so that in future they do not turn a blind eye to such violations. The Election Commission should include a column in the nomination paper asking whether the candidate has government accommodation and in what capacity.

E. Krishnadas,
Palakkad, Kerala

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The fact that the Court had to pass an order to evict illegal squatters among MPs shows the depths to which politics has plunged.

Udita Agrawal,
New Delhi

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Drastic action is the need of the hour. All those who have overstayed should be disqualified as MPs or MLAs.

Peayen Mani,
Secunderabad

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Prior to 1947, we had to keep the maharajas of India happy. Now the MPs have replaced them. I recommend that MPs be given a plain salary and nothing more. India is a poor country and it should not waste money on the representatives as it is doing now.

Bharat J. Gajjar,
Hockessin, Delaware

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