Vacate govt houses in 15 days: Haryana to ex-ministers Jindal,Jain

The Haryana government has asked former power minister Savitri Jindal to vacate her official accommodation in Chandigarh.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: March 6, 2013 4:17:29 am

The Haryana government has asked former power minister Savitri Jindal to vacate her official accommodation in Chandigarh. She has been “unauthorisedly” occupying house number 76,Sector 7. For vacating the house,the state government has given Jindal,India’s richest woman,15 days.

Besides,O P Jain,a former Haryana minister,

who has been unauthorisedly occupying house number 78,Sector 7,in Chandigarh,has been asked to vacate the house within a period of 15 days.

The two former ministers have also been asked to deposit the amount outstanding against them on account of penal rent of the houses within 15 days.

An official communication was shot off to the duo on March 4.

This was informed to the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the resumed hearing of a public interest litigation,seeking directions to Punjab,Haryana and Chandigarh to get official accommodation vacated from unauthorised occupation.

On the last date of hearing,the High Court was informed that Haryana politicians Kiran Chaudhary was to pay Rs 29,12,995,Savitri Jindal Rs 89,29,455 and OP Jain Rs 38,08,723 for overstay in government houses.

The Punjab government informed the High Court that former chief minister Rajinder Kaur Bhattal had been issued a show-cause notice under the Public Premises and Land (Eviction & Rent Recovery) Act,1972,asking her to explain as to why she be not evicted from the house.

Bhattal was also issued a notice under the Act to pay a penal rent of over Rs 45 lakh. She was asked to reply to the notice by March 21 by either appearing in person or through a representative.

The Punjab government submitted that it was ready and willing to get done the eviction of the house occupied by Bhattal.

Stating that the petition had become infructuous,the government requested for dismissal of the petition since the state had already initiated action against Bhattal. “It is a matter of record that Rajinder Kaur Bhattal is in unauthorised occupation. Bhattal was asked to vacate the house vide communication dated September 5,2012 sent by the government,yet the said house (house number 46,Sector 2,Chandigarh) has not been vacated by her,” read the affidavit filed by Punjab on Tuesday.

The case will now come up for resumed hearing on April 26.

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