4B, Flagstaff Road: New house for Arvind Kejriwal entangled in legal dispute

After his resignation as Delhi chief minister in February, Kejriwal had continued to live in his official Tilak Lane residence.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: June 24, 2014 11:13:01 am
The bungalow in Civil Lines where Kejriwal was to move in The bungalow in Civil Lines where Kejriwal was to move in.

AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal may not be able to move into the bungalow in Civil Lines after all. Though Naren Bhiku Ram Jain, the son of a former Congress MP, had last Friday said he was ready to lease out his 4B, Flagstaff Road property to the AAP leader, things took a turn on Monday with his brother Virender Jain speaking out against the move.

Virender said he would take Naren to court for offering the four-bedroom house on rent to Kejriwal. Virender, through his counsel, claimed that he owned half of the property and that there were legal barriers to the house being given on rent.

After his resignation as Delhi chief minister in February, Kejriwal had continued to live in his official Tilak Lane residence after seeking an extension on account of his daughter’s CBSE examination.

According to Virender Jain’s lawyer Girish Aggarwal, the property in question, 4B Flagstaff Road, along with other properties owned by former Congress MP Bhiku Ram Jain, has been the subject of litigation among the Jain siblings since 2010. The five brothers had entered into an agreement to divide the extensive properties owned by their father into five parcels.

Under that agreement, Virender had received a 50 per cent share in 4B Flagstaff Road house. In 2010, their two stepsisters approached the Delhi High Court for the right to get a share in their father’s property.

“In July 2013, the brothers gave an undertaking to the High Court that they will maintain a status quo on the properties. In any case, under the Transfer of Property Act, no third-party rights can be created in a property that is the subject of a court case,” Aggarwal said.

The lawyer told Newsline that Virender will be filing a contempt of court and perjury petition in the High Court later this week.

“As of now, we are filing a case against Naren and not against Kejriwal as he could not have been aware of the court case. However, if Naren informs the court that Kejriwal had been informed about the court case, then he would also be liable,” Aggarwal said.

On his part, Naren said the complication was politically motivated and that Kejriwal would live in his house “as a guest”, without any rent.

“I belong to an old family of Congressmen and my brother has been politically motivated because they cannot swallow that Arvind Kejriwal will live in my house. Let it be clear that there is no stay on anyone living or renting the property, and only in its alienation or sale. Kejriwal will live as a guest in my house without any rent,” Naren said.

Representatives of the Aam Aadmi Party said as far as they are concerned, no change in the status quo had been intimated to them. For now, the plan is that Kejriwal will move into the Flagstaff Road residence after renovation. This could either be by the month-end or the first week of July.

Kejriwal’s house woes

Jan 3 : Kejriwal, soon after taking oath as the Delhi CM, is allocated two Type-VI duplex apartments on Bhagwan Dass Road

Jan 4: Facing criticism, he decides not to take up the five-bedroom duplex flats

Jan 17: The Urban Development Ministry allots a three-bedroom flat on Tilak Lane to Kejriwal

March 7: After he resigned as Delhi CM on February 14, PWD sends him a notice asking him to pay a rent of Rs 85,000 a month for the Tilak Lane house

March 11:  Kejriwal seeks an extension to stay at the Tilak Lane residence until his daughter’s CBSE examination are over in May. His IIT batchmates agree to pay the rent for the house

June 13: Kejriwal decides to vacate Tilak Lane house as his daughter’s exams are over.  AAP volunteers begin house-hunting

June 20: AAP announces that Kejriwal will shift into a house in Civil Lines offered to him by Naren Jain, son of Congressman Bhiku Ram Jain

June 23: Naren’s brother Virender claims that the AAP leader cannot move in as house is under litigation

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