Retired Guru stays put in govt house; UT admn peeved
PANEL WRITES LETTER THREATENING LEGAL ACTION AGAINST RETIRED IAS OFFICER WHO UNSUCCESSFULLY CONTESTED POLLS
Amaninder Pal Sharma CHANDIGARH: Bureaucrat-turnedpolitician Darbara Singh Guru has not vacated the government house given to him by the Chandigarh administration when he was an IAS officer. The allotment was cancelled on April 24, as per documents accessed by HT, and the house located in the posh Sector 5 now remains in “unauthorised” possession of the retired principal secretary to the Punjab chief minister.
According to an August 2011 ruling of the Supreme Court, an officer can’t retain government accommodation for more than four months after retirement. Finding him reluctant to vacate the house, the House Allotment Committee of the UT administration has written a strongly worded letter to Guru, who retired on December 23, 2011. “You had to vacate the house no 4/54, Sector 5 on or before April 23, 2012, but you did not do so and [are] retaining it unauthorisedly (sic),” reads the letter sent by the UT.
“Advising” the retired officer either to vacate the house immediately or face legal action, the letter further says, “You are advised to hand over the possession of the aforesaid premises immediately to the maintenance authorities of the sector concerned …failing which the proceedings would be initiated under the Public Premises Act for vacation of the house.”
Guru, who unsuccessfully contested the Punjab assembly elections from Bhadaur segment on the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) ticket, didn’t take calls made on his mobile phone and didn’t reply to text messages. When the HT team visited his house, a security guard said Guru was not at home.
The house in Chandigarh’s Sector 5 occupied by retired IAS officer Darbara Singh Guru, who is now a leader of the SAD.