Shekawat vacates additional bungalow allotted to him
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 02, 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.


First Published: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 19:00

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