SC stays contempt proceedings in opposition to Maha Governor

New Delhi, December 8

The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the contempt proceedings against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari for alleged non-compliance of the Uttarakhand High Court’s last year order on payment of rent by former chief ministers of the state for occupying government accommodation.

The High Court had on May 3 last year ordered the former chief ministers of the state to pay market rent for the entire period they continued to occupy government accommodation since demitting office.

The appeal filed by Koshyari, who is also the Governor of Goa, against the issuance of show-cause notice by the high court on a petition seeking contempt proceedings against him came up for hearing before a Bench headed by Justice RF Nariman.

“Issue notice on the special leave petitions as well as on the prayer for interim relief,” said the Bench, also comprising Justices KM Joseph and Krishna Murari.

“Contempt proceedings stayed in the meanwhile,” the Bench noted in its order and tagged the plea with other similar pending plea on the issue.

The counsel appearing for Uttarakhand accepted the notice. — PTI

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