Just before they moved out of office, the Congress-led UPA government made sure its loyalists have a comfortable stay in Lutyens Delhi.
In the last meeting held by the Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA), the government allotted a bungalow at 5, Janpath to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and allowed former chairman of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Nandan Nilekani to extend his occupation of a bungalow allotted for the authority’s chief.
Renowned lawyer and former additional solicitor general K T S Tulsi, who has represented Robert Vadra in his land deal cases, has also been allotted a Type VIII bungalow on Motilal Nehru Marg. He was nominated to Rajya Sabha in February this year.
Outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s advisor and senior bureaucrat T K A Nair has also been allowed to retain his Purana Qila residence till August, though he had to vacate it within a month of demitting office.
Former Prime Minister Narasimha Rao’s son P V Prabhakaran, who was allowed to retain a Type V bungalow on Telegraph Lane for one more year after he wrote to the PM that the house contained several memorabilia of his father, has been given a further extension of three years. Late Congress leader Arjun Singh’s wife Saroj Kumari has also been allowed to retain the Type VII bungalow on Canning Lane for two more years. Arjun Singh died in 2011.
The last CCA which met on May 13, on the recommendation made by the Urban Development Ministry, decided to give a go-ahead to these allotments and extensions. There is no bar, however, on the next government to revoke these decisions.
“Nilekani, who resigned from the post of UIDAI chairman in February to contest elections from Bangalore South, has became ineligible for the bungalow. He asked for an extension for five months on the plea that he was busy in elections and required to retain the house for his family. Former Delhi Police commissioner Neeraj Kumar was also allowed to retain his CII flat at Chanakyapuri even though he retired last year,” said a senior UD Ministry official.