The AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal has been served a notice by the Delhi government to pay a rent of
Rs 85,000 per month for the government accommodation he has been staying in for over a month after resigning as Delhi chief minister.
Kejriwal had sought an extension to stay at C-II/23, Tilak Lane in Central Delhi till his daughter’s examinations are over in May.
A Public Works Department official confirmed that such a notice had been served. “Yes, we have issued a notice to Arvind Kejriwal to pay a rent of Rs 85,000 and are awaiting his response,’’ the official said.
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Sources said the former chief minister has been asked to respond to the notice within a week. However, AAP sources said while they had not yet received the notice, Kejriwal will pay the rent amount once he received it.
According to the notice, Kejriwal has been asked to pay the rent from March 1 — 15 days after he resigned as chief minister on February 14.
He was allotted the three-bedroom house in Lutyens’ Zone by the UD Ministry in January as the Delhi government had made a request for a suitable accommodation in Central Delhi for Kejriwal.
Earlier this month, the PWD had sent a letter to Kejriwal asking him to vacate the house as he had already crossed the 15-day deadline for staying in the official accommodation.
According to government norms, a Delhi government minister can stay a maximum of 15 days in his official residence after demitting office without paying market rent.
The PWD sent the letter to Kejriwal after the Urban Development Ministry asked the Delhi government to return the flat which had been allotted to Kejriwal.