Subramanium Swamy, the leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party, was given six weeks to leave the government housing that was assigned to him in 2016. The state argued that it is not required to offer housing to persons with security cover.
According to Justice Yashwant Varma, Swamy has not provided any evidence necessitating or requiring the allocation of government housing to a Z security cover protectee. He requested that sufficient preparations be made for Swamy’s security by the government.
Justice Yashwant Varma, after hearing Swamy’s argument, noted that the first allocation was given for a five-year term and that there was no evidence to support the applicant’s allegations that he needed the allocation of the government residence.
Swamy requested a new housing assignment when his term as a Rajya Sabha member expired in April, citing the threat perception assessment made by the Center.
Sanjay Jain, an additional attorney general, said the court that the government was unable to prolong the accommodations and that security will be provided by guarding agencies at Swamy’s private property in New Delhi. Citing the Public Premises Act, he claimed that Swamy had been deemed an unauthorised occupant of his government residence, but that as his court case was still pending, nothing had been done about it.
The council of ministers and the justices of the Delhi High Court must have government accommodations, he stressed. ‘The Court further directs the petitioner to ensure that the possession in question is handed over to the estate officer concerned within a period of six weeks from today,’ the court stated as it decided the plea.