Re­tired Guru stays put in govt house; UT admn peeved

PANEL WRITES LET­TER THREAT­EN­ING LE­GAL AC­TION AGAINST RE­TIRED IAS OF­FI­CER WHO UN­SUC­CESS­FULLY CON­TESTED POLLS

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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.

KE­SHAV SINGH/HT

The house in Chandi­garh’s Sec­tor 5 oc­cu­pied by re­tired IAS of­fi­cer Dar­bara Singh Guru, who is now a leader of the SAD.

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