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Pataudi allowed to stay in government building till April 30

New Delhi Dec. 24. The Delhi High Court today directed the Centre not to execute the eviction order asking the former Indian cricket captain M.A.K. Pataudi to vacate the Government bungalow allotted to the royal family, following an undertaking that it would be vacated after four months.

Directing Mr. Pataudi to file the undertaking within four weeks, Justice Vijender Jain asked the Ministry of Urban Development to allow the Pataudis to retain the 1, K. Kamaraj Marg residence till April 30 next year.

Mr. Pataudi had filed the petition following an intimation by the Directorate of Estate that its representatives would come today to execute the eviction order passed on November 10.

Mr. Pataudis' advocate said his client was not going into the legality of the matter and they only needed four months' time to vacate the bungalow.

He said Mr. Pataudi was seeking time, as he had to go abroad for medical treatment.

The bungalow was initially allotted to Mr. Pataudi's father when he was appointed as Officer on Special Duty in the Ministry of External Affairs in 1950. — PTI

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