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Former Cong ministers asked to pay rent for overstaying in official residences

Former CM Sheila Dikshit has vacated her official residence and shifted to a private apartment recently. Renuka Puri Former CM Sheila Dikshit has vacated her official residence and shifted to a private apartment recently. (IE photo Renuka Puri)
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: February 26, 2014 2:16 am | Updated: February 26, 2014 2:57 pm

Delhi government has initiated the process of vacating residences still under possession of two former Congress ministers. It has also asked former Congress ministers Kiran Walia, Arvinder Singh Lovely and Haroon Yusuf to pay rent decided on the basis of market rates for the period they overstayed in official bungalows after the Public Works Department issued them notices to vacate.

“We issued notices to former Congress ministers Kiran Walia, Arvinder Singh Lovely and Haroon Yusuf to pay Rs 5.8 lakh, 6.5 lakh and 2.9 lakh, respectively as rent decided on the basis of market rates,’’ an official said.

While Walia had vacated her official bungalow earlier this month, Lovely and Yusuf are yet to do so. These three ministers have to pay rent for two months.

According to rules, former ministers can stay in official residences free of cost for 15 days after demitting office. If they choose to stay on beyond that period, (a maximum of six months), they are required to pay rent at market rates.

Former chief minister Sheila Dikshit has already vacated her Moti Lal Nehru Place residence, a bungalow under the Central government, and shifted to a private apartment.

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Yusuf continues to live at his Rouse Avenue Marg bungalow, while former transport minister and Delhi Congress president Lovely resides at his official bungalow at Civil Lines.

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Sources said former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal may also have to pay rent at market rate for his Tilak Lane residence. The flat allotted to him belongs to the Central government. It has been learnt that he had requested the Centre to allot the flat on his wife’s name who is a senior Indian Revenue Services officer.

“Kejriwal has cited Board exams of his children, scheduled to be held in March, as the reason for not wanting to shift from the flat.

However, if the government does not allow this, he will have to pay rent on market rate,” a source said.

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