Shekawat vacates additional bungalow allotted to him

Last Updated: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 19:00

New Delhi: Former Vice-President Bhairon
Singh Shekawat has vacated his additional accommodation,
alloted to him while he was the ex-officio Chairman of the
Rajya Sabha, which he continued to use even two years after
his term expired.

The plush bungalow was allotted to the Office of Chairman
of Rajya Sabha in February 2006 by Department of Estate, CPWD.
Rajya Sabha`s house committee recently asked Shekawat to
vacate it as his term already ended in 2007.

As a former Vice-President, Shekawat is entitled to
occupy only the bungalow at 31, Aurangzeb Road, which is
officially allotted to him but he got three extensions on
different grounds to occupy the Teen Murti Lane property as
well.

"Regarding 12, Teen Murti Lane, New Delhi, it is stated
that the Bungalow was placed at the disposal of office of
Chairman Rajya Sabha for use as Office-cum-Guest accommodation
in February 2006. Now it has been vacated on November 27,
2009," an RTI reply from CPWD in response to a query from
activist S C Agrawal said.

Agrawal`s earlier RTI queries have shown that Shekawat
after demitting office had given various reasons in the last
two years to retain the additional bungalow though he had
vacated the official residence of Vice-President at 6, Maulana
Azad Road, in August 2007.

Shekawat had cited that he was occupying temporary
accommodation at the Rajasthan House and needed this property
to keep his books and other items till his newly allotted
bungalow gets completely furnished, the reply to previous RTI
application by Agrawal showed.

Later the heavyweight politician from Rajasthan said his
new bungalow at Aurangjeb Road did not have a library to keep
his book collection and the house needed construction of the
same.

In the last extension he had sought, Shekawat said
since the CPWD could not complete the library construction he
needed time to vacate the bungalow.

PTI



First Published: Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 19:00

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