Speaker`s house controversy: Cong says no comments

Congress on Wednesday declined to comment on the controversy involving Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, who has been asked to pay Rs 1.98 crore in pending rent.

Updated: Nov 23, 2011, 23:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday declined to comment
on the controversy involving Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar,
who has been asked to pay Rs 1.98 crore in pending rent for
occupying a government bungalow despite losing entitlement.

"Speaker is very respected... It is not proper to make
any comment without collecting facts," party spokesman Rashid
Alvi told reporters.

He was asked a number of questions on the issue with
reporters reminding Alvi that Kumar was a Congress MP.

Kumar has clarified that there was "some error by
Directorate of Estates". The estates department of the Urban
Development Ministry sent Kumar the bill for occupying a
government residence despite losing entitlement.

According to documents accessed through RTI, the house
was re-allotted to Kumar in 1986 after the death of her father
former Deputy Prime minister Jagjivan Ram.

PTI