Following his resignation as Delhi Chief Minister, he should have vacated the house after 15 days as per rules, said an official with the Urban Development Ministry.

The Urban Development Ministry has written to the Delhi government asking it to return the Tilak Lane flat allotted to Arvind Kejriwal when he was Chief Minister.

Mr. Kejriwal was allotted the three-bedroom C-II/23 flat at Tilak Lane in Lutyens Zone by the Ministry in January 2014 as the Delhi government had made a request for a suitable accommodation in Central Delhi for its Chief Minister.

Following his resignation from the Chief Minister’s post on February 14, Mr. Kejriwal should have vacated the house after 15 days as per rules, said a senior UD Ministry official adding “beyond the grace period of 15 days market rent is charged as per rules.”

According to the official, the market rent for the Type VI flat is between Rs. 50,000 to Rs. 60,000 per month.

The official said there was no communication from the Delhi government yet on the status of the Tilak Lane flat as it should have been returned to Directorate of Estate by March 1.

Though it’s not mandatory for the Ministry to extend the allotment by charging market rent, Mr. Kejriwal may be allowed to keep the house for three months.

“If a request from the city government comes for allowing extension of stay at the house, then it is up to the concerned authorities to decide on it. But since we have not received any response from the Delhi government, we have sought a reply from them,” he said.

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