NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended a contempt hearing against Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who was inaugurated by the Uttarakhand High Court on charges of failing to pay market rent to a government bungalow granted to him as former chief minister.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, who agreed to hear the appeal filed by the governor, blocked the hearing and gave notice to the state. The High Court issued notice to the governor after the SC ruled that former CMs were not entitled to official bungalows and directed the states to vacate such premises and lease the market rent. 47 lakhs against Koshari for using government premises in Dehradun from 2003 to 2016.
The High Court had directed four former CMs to pay market rates for the government services they received after leaving the CM’s office.

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