High Court gives no relief to Congress MP, asks him to vacate bungalow


The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to vacate his bungalow situated in New Moti Bagh while refusing to stay the eviction process launched by the Union Government's Directorate of Estates. The court also rejected his plea to allow him to continue residing in the bungalow till the new accommodation allotted to him gets ready. A Division Bench, comprising Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath, said the MP would have to vacate the property forthwith as he was not entitled for any relief after his petition was dismissed by a Single Judge Bench on February 1.

The Directorate of Estates told the court that Mr. Chowdhury had been allotted another house on Humayun Road and given sufficient time to vacate the Ministerial bungalow in which he was not entitled to reside any more. Mr. Chowdhury, who was Minister of State for Railways in the previous UPA government, has not vacated the bungalow despite several reminders.

The Congress MP, on the other hand, has alleged that the eviction process amounted to “political vendetta” against the Opposition adopted by the government.

The Bench turned down Mr. Chowdhury’s request made through his counsel for alternate arrangements for his stay, as the new residence allotted to him on Humayun Road in Lutyens’ Delhi was likely to take 10 to 15 days to get ready for use.

After the Single Judge Bench dismissed Mr. Chowdhury’s petition against eviction, the authorities concerned disconnected the water and power supply to his bungalow in New Moti Bagh. The Congress MP then moved the Division Bench challenging the earlier order.

Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, who appeared in the court on behalf of the Directorate of Estates, said the government was trying to accommodate the MP but he was not satisfied with the housing options given to him. He was offered three Type VI bungalows after cancellation of Type VIII bungalow at New Moti Bagh, but he refused.

Chowdhury’s plea to allow him to reside there till the new residence gets ready was also rejected

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