Referred to Larger Bench VII: Chapter III-A, The Madhya Pradesh Accommodation Control Act, 1961

In Ranjit Narayan Haksar v. Surendra Verma, 1995 MPLJ 21 a Division Bench of the High Court of Madhya Pradesh held that an employee, retired from its service to the Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation, was entitled to maintain an Eviction Petition under Chapter III-A of the Madhya Pradesh Accommodation Control Act, 1961. In a Special Leave Petition filed against the said judgment and order, the SC by a short order affirmed the reasoning and the view taken by the High Court.

Ranjit Narayan Haksar dealt with the case of an employee of a Trading Corporation like the Madhya Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation. A Municipal Corporation is, however, not a Trading Corporation. Can a retired Municipal Corporation employee also maintain an Eviction Petition under Chapter III-A of the Madhya Pradesh Accommodation Control Act, 1961? That Question has been Referred to a Larger Bench in Subhash Chandra v. Gulab Bai, [Civil Appeal No. 1696 of 2016] by Hon’ble CJI T.S. Thakur and Joseph Saab.

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