THE DELHI High Court on Wednesday rejected Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s plea to continue living in a ministerial bungalow in New Moti Bagh area till an alternate accommodation allotted to him was “made ready”.
Directing Chowdhury to vacate the Type-VIII bungalow, a bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath also turned down the MP’s oral prayer, made through his counsel, for interim alternate arrangements.
Chowdhury had claimed the house allotted to him at Humayun Road in Lutyen’s Delhi would take another 10 to 15 days to be ready for use.
“I do not know where you will go. We are not inclined to entertain this petition,” Chief Justice G Rohini said.
The court’s response came after Chowdhury’s lawyer, Vivek Narayan Sharma who had raised the matter in the morning, mentioned it again after lunch hour, requesting that he be allowed to stay there till the time the new accommodation was ready.
When Sharma said the new premises did not have electricity or water facility, the bench said: “Sorry, the same request you made in the morning also.”
Chowdhury, a Lok Sabha member, had moved the court against the February 1 order dismissing his plea against the eviction, following which the authorities concerned had disconnected water and power supply to bungalow at 14, New Moti Bagh, even as they started eviction proceedings against him.
The bungalow was allotted to Chowdhury soon after he took charge as Minister of State for Railways in the previous UPA government.
The MP had approached a single bench of the High Court on Tuesday, which had directed that status quo be maintained with regard to the eviction till Wednesday morning.
According to the Directorate of Estates, the MP has been allotted another house on Humayun Road and given sufficient time to vacate the ministerial bungalow which, it said, he was not entitled to. But Chowdhury did not vacate it despite several reminders in the past, it has alleged.
Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, who appeared on behalf of the Directorate of Estates, had told the court that the government was trying to accommodate the MP but he was not satisfied with the housing options being given to him.
Chowdhury had contended that it was nothing but “political vendetta against the opposition by the government.” His counsel had submitted that there was a security threat to the MP as well as his family at the new house.