Meet the man who fought in Supreme Court for the Bungalow eviction order to former Uttar Pradesh CMs

SN Shukla, retd IAS officer of 1967 batch and a member of NGO Lok Prahari, tells The New Indian Express how he and his team won a long-drawn battle with passion.

Published: 29th May 2018 11:06 PM  |   Last Updated: 29th May 2018 11:06 PM   |  A+A-

SN Shukla, retired IAS officer, and general secretary, Lok Prahari. (EPS)

Express News Service

LUCKNOW: The Supreme Court order for eviction of government bungalows by ex-CMs is actually the result of a long drawn battle of over a decade which NGO, Lok Prahari, had been fighting since 2004.

According to SN Shukla, retd IAS officer of 1967 batch and also a member of Lok Prahari, the NGO had in 2016 challenged the amendments made by erstwhile Akhilesh Yadav government to the 'UP Ministers (Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1981'.

It had also challenged another UP law of 2016 called 'The Allotment of Houses under Control of the Estate Department Bill-2016' to regulate the allotment of government accommodations to trusts, journalists, political parties, speaker and deputy speaker of legislative assembly, judicial officers and government officials.

“This was our first petition as we thought that the CMs who are the custodian of the public property should never use the government palatial bungalows for his own personal use even after demitting the office,” says SN Shukla while talking to TNIE.

He adds: “We were lucky that the SC delivered a favourable judgement on the petition. The justice was a bit delayed but not denied.”

Lok Prahari was formed in 2003 by a bunch of retired IAS officers.

“We take up issues of national and state importance only. Our first petition was related to government bungalows. Actually, 1996 DN Mittal, secretary, Vidhan Sabha, had filed a petition in Allahabad HC in 1996 former CMs were not entitled to govt accommodation. Then there were no government  orders in this regard.,” says Shukla.

He adds that in 1997, the then state government issued non-statutory rules by an executive order. The validity of that order was also challenged through the petition in the High Court, Lucknow bench which was disposed of the petition without deciding the validity of the rules.

On noticing it in 2004, Lok Prahari challenged the validity of those rules in the SC. The petition kept pending in apex court for about 12 years. In 2016 first order came on the first petition followed by the latest one on May 7, 2018.

Lok Pahari's second petition pertains to disqualification upon conviction which means that those who have been convicted in any case can’t continue to be the member of legislature. It saw three MPs losing their membership including Lalu yadav, Rashid Masood and Jagdish Sharma in 2013. In 2016, the judgement mandating that candidates will have to declare the source of their income also was one of its pleas.

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  • DEEP KUMAR SINGH

    Well done! Long live Shri S N Shukla ji. You have "hit where it hurts the most." These Dynast Looters squander away hard earned public money as if it has been inherited by them from their forefathers. I am retired Manager of SBI & Consultant Advocate (Cyber Crimes). Kindly enlist me also in your mission.
    1 year ago reply
  • surajpalsingh

    Sir how can we contact Shuklaji. Can I get his contact no. We are resident of new patel nagar delhi. We are under great threat from DDA who wants to demolish our houses to please private builder Rahega. We want their guidance. We are living here for nearly 40 years. Pl help. We need their help
    1 year ago reply
  • Dr R K Tiwari

    Great achievement by Lol Prahari. But it's also unfortunate that the verdict took over a decade. It's no wonder that many of these politicians have amassed millions but yet squat on limited properties.
    1 year ago reply
  • G. C. Mathur

    I have no words to express my gratitude to the NGO
    1 year ago reply
  • Narendra M Apte

    NGO Lok Prahari has done a great job by approaching the Supreme Court (SC) for quashing of ‘UP Ministers (salaries
    1 year ago reply
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