Taking suo motu cognizance of the allotment of government bungalows for life, the Patna High Court on January 8 issued notices to all former Chief Ministers of Bihar.A division bench of Chief Justice A.P. Shah and Justice Anjana Mishra issued notices to the ex-CMs for being allotted government bungalows for life and asked why not these allotments be quashed.The next date of hearing is scheduled to February 11.Earlier, while rejecting the plea of Leader of Opposition in state assembly Tejaswi Yadav for retaining his official bungalow, 5 Deshratna Marg on January 7, the division bench of the Patna HC had said that they have taken “suo motu cognizance” of the government bungalows being allotted to former Chief Minister of the state for life too.Former Chief Ministers of the state Satish Kumar Singh, Dr. Jagannath Mishra, Jitan Ram Manjhi, Rabri Devi, Lalu Prasad Yadav (both live at one bungalow 10 Circular road) and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too have been allotted huge government bungalows for life in Patna.Even after becoming the Chief Minister again Nitish Kumar retained the government bungalow 7, Circular road which was earlier allotted to him as ex-Chief Minister of the state. Crores of rupees were allegedly spent on renovating the bungalow for him.Later Mr. Kumar shifted to 1, Anne Marg, government bungalow, designated for Chief Minister of the state. As a Chief Minister, Mr. Kumar has also been allotted a palatial bungalow in Delhi too.
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