The High Court has declared the Act 2019 to facilitate the former Chief Ministers of Uttarakhand as unconstitutional. Advocate for the petitioners, Dr. Karthikeya Hari Gupta, said that the court has given this decision considering the violation of Article 14 of the Constitution of India.
The court held that the provisions of the Act violate established rules. The Court has also found the Act in violation of Articles 202 to 207 of the Constitution of India. Now all former Chief Ministers have to pay the rent at the market price.
The court said that the state will be responsible for calculating and recovering the money spent for all other facilities given to them as former chief ministers of the state.
The judgment was reserved on 23 March 2020 after hearing the case before the bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice RC Khulbe. According to the case, the Rural Litigation Association of Dehradun had challenged the ordinance of the state government by filing a PIL in the High Court.
By which the state government had given exemption in paying the rent of former chief ministers on the basis of market rate. The institution said that it is against the constitution.