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02 Jun 2017

Captain Amarinder Singh ordered to vacate government bungalow in Delhi

A Delhi court ordered Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh to move out of a government bungalow in Delhi.

Singh was allocated the bungalow when he was serving as Lok Sabha MP.

Rejecting Singh's contention that he was allotted the property till 2019 and that he was paying rent at market rates for the property, the court held that he was illegally occupying it.

In context

Illegal occupation in Delhi's government bungalows
What has happened till now?

Background

What has happened till now?

Singh was allocated the bungalow when he was elected as a Member of Parliament from Amritsar in 2014, effective till 2019. However, the allotment was cancelled after he resigned as MP in November 2016.

He had previously claimed that he was a heart patient and should be allowed to retain the bungalow on humanitarian grounds before the Chairman (House Committee), Lok Sabha.

The lawsuit

This was an appeal filed by Singh against the Estate Officer's order dated March 24, 2017, asking him to vacate the premises. He had also been served a show cause notice on February 14, asking to justify why he should not be evicted.

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Details

What did the court say?

District and Sessions Judge Poonam A Lamba held that Singh had been illegally occupying the Janpath bungalow since December 2016 and dismissed the contention that the allotment was still valid.

The court also noted that pendency of the matter before the Lok Sabha House Committee did not mean he could occupy the premises.

"Admittedly, no further retention has been permitted," she stated.

This is not the only case of illegal occupation

It is not uncommon for politicians to continue staying on in their official bungalows even after termination of their official duties. Ex-ministers including Kumari Selja and Ambika Soni were resistant to vacate their official bungalows and had accused the Modi government of mala fide intentions.

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