In a new move by the Supreme Court, the ex Deputy CM of Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav, has been fined for not having vacated the government bungalow, despite an order being issued by the Patna High Court against him. The SC bench led by the Chief Justice of India, Ranjan Gogoi, severely reprimanded him and his lawyer, the notorious Congress stooge, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, for having ‘wasted the precious time of the judiciary.’
To quote the observation of the bench, “What is this luxury of litigation? Precious judicial time is being wasted by you.” Not only was Tejashwi’s petition, posted on his behalf by Singhvi dismissed, he was also fined Rs. 50000 for having filed the unnecessary petition. For those unaware, Tejashwi Yadav had become the deputy CM after the Mahagathbandhan swept to power in Bihar in 2015. Despite the fact that the alliance broke up by 2017, Tejashwi refused to vacate the bungalow for his successor and the incumbent Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi.
Following this, an appeal was filed against Tejashwi’s antics in the regional High Court, where the bench rules in favor of the litigant, asking Tejashwi to vacate the premises on 5, Deshratan Marg. To quote their observation, “the petitioner has been allotted a bungalow matching his status as a minister in the government at 1, Polo Road, Patna… He cannot raise complaint on the decision so taken simply because the present bungalow is more suited to him.”
This is not the first time the Supreme Court or any other court has struck hard on such corrupt politicians. Only last year, politicians like Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati had to vacate their government bungalows, when the higher courts rejected their appeals against the same.
However, Tejashwi appealed against the decision in the Supreme Court, and it is now that his appeal has been dismissed. The way that Chief Justice Gogoi has dealt with this issue is immensely praiseworthy, and we hope that it serves as a tough lesson to those who think that they can do anything with public resources and get away with it.