Supreme Court Directs Sharad Yadav To Vacate His Bungalow By May 31 [31.3.2022]

The Supreme Court granted time till May 31 to Sharad Yadav to vacate his bungalow, on humanitarian grounds.

New Delhi, 31.3.2022, Thursday :

The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the former union minister Sharad Yadav to vacate the official bungalow allotted to him as a Member of Parliament in Lutyens Delhi till May 31, 2022.

A bench of Justices DY Chandrachud, Sanjiv Khanna and Surya Kant granted time till May 31 to Mr Yadav to vacate his bungalow, on humanitarian grounds. It has asked Mr Yadav to furnish an undertaking within a week to the effect that he will vacate the bungalow by then.

The bench said that in the event of failure to submit the undertaking within a week, Mr Yadav will have to vacate the premises immediately in compliance with an order of the Delhi High Court.

"Having heard the counsel, we are of the view that the end of justice would be met purely on humanitarian grounds, if the time to vacate the premises is granted to the petitioner under May 31, 2022 subject to his filing an undertaking that he shall vacate on or before the said date. The undertaking shall be filed within a period of one week from today failing which the petitioner shall lose the benefit of this order and would be liable to vacate immediately as per the order of the High Court," the order of the top court stated.

Mr Yadav, disqualified from Rajya Sabha membership in December 2017, had approached the apex court seeking to retain his bungalow and challenged the Delhi High Court's March 15 order by which it asked him to vacate the government bungalow in 15 days.

Senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Mr Yadav, argued that it may be possible to resolve the matter at this stage if reasonable time is granted to the petitioner to vacate the premises.

He added that having due regard to the fact that Mr Yadav is in serious medical condition at present, he seeks to vacate the premises by May 31, 2022, and would file an undertaking to this effect.

Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Centre, claimed that for the past 15 days Mr Yadav has been attending public functions.

31 Mar 2022