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For Kejriwal’s Tilak Lane house, his IIT batchmates pay Rs 85,000 rent

Kejriwal maintained that he took 'non-paid leaves' and quit the service after serving bond conditions.

Written by Ruhi Bhasin | New Delhi | Updated: April 15, 2014 1:36 am
With a built-up area of 1,600 sq.ft. and a small lawn adjacent to it, the house at Tilak Lane (left) has three bedrooms. With a built-up area of 1,600 sq.ft. and a small lawn adjacent to it, the house at Tilak Lane (left) has three bedrooms.

The rent of Rs 85,000 for AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal’s government accommodation — C-II/23 house at Tilak Lane in Central Delhi — has been paid by his IIT batchmates, the party said. The sum has been paid to the Delhi government and the PWD said it had received the payment.

“The rent of Rs 85,000 is being paid by Arvind Kejriwal’s batchmates from IIT,” AAP spokesperson Nagendar Sharma confirmed.

According to the party, these batchmates from IIT-Kharagpur are the same friends who had “pooled in money in 2011” to clear Kejriwal’s dues to the Income-Tax department. His friends had loaned Kejriwal over Rs 9 lakh after the I-T department said it wanted the dues cleared before his resignation from the Indian Revenue Service was accepted.

The government claimed he had violated bond rules by quitting the service before completing the mandatory three years after going on a study leave on full pay. However, Kejriwal maintained that he took “non-paid leaves” and quit the service after serving bond conditions.

“Kejriwal had sought extension to stay in the present accommodation till July 31 because of his daughter’s examination. Permission has been granted by the competent authority,” Sharma said.

Soon after resigning as chief minister on February 14, Kejriwal had said his daughter was appearing for her exams and he wanted to avoid shifting again as they had moved from his wife’s official residence in Kaushambi, Ghaziabad, to the Tilak Lane residence less than a month ago.

With a built-up area of 1,600 sqft and a small lawn adjacent to it, the present flat has three bedrooms. The PWD had, in March, served a notice on Kejriwal to pay rent of Rs 85,000 per month for the government accommodation as he had resigned from the chief minister’s post.

“The party will take a decision on where he will stay after vacating the accommodation,” Sharma said. Party members said Kejriwal had a flat in Gurgaon, but a final decision on his accommodation would be taken after the elections.

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  1. விளக்கு,
    Apr 16, 2014 at 5:05 pm
    Perhaps they are covered by Ambani.
    1. M
      May 30, 2014 at 2:34 pm
      What a pathetic guy, can't pull his own families weight.
      1. F
        Apr 22, 2014 at 8:31 am
        what about other expenses for his family. Food, clothing, entertainment, medical, educations etc. The problem is that Kejriwal abused others of things without knowing that he himself would have to do. Today a decent family needs Rs. 25000 per month. Kejriwal does not earn a single penny. obviously he uses party funds. Nothing wrong in that. But you should not accuse others when you do the same. For such a house even maid servant and garnder will cost Rs. 2500!
        1. K
          May 20, 2014 at 7:46 pm
          Please remember his wife is working in IRS
          1. R
            Apr 15, 2014 at 2:50 am
            Why no body talks about other politicians overstaying in GOVT accomodation.Is KEJARIWAL the only bad person in indian politics.
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