I have vacated bungalow well before deadline: Kashiram
Last Updated: Friday, July 17, 2009, 23:37
New Delhi: Former Union Minister Kashiram Rana today said that his name was wrongly included in the list of former MPs unauthorisedly occupying government accommodation in the capital's Lutyen's zone and demanded an apology from the Urban Development Ministry.

In a letter to Urban Development Minister S Jaipal Reddy, Rana said he had vacated the Pandara Road residential premises, allotted to him, on June 16 well before the deadline set by Department of Estates.

"I have vacated my official residence of AB-12, Pandara Road on June 16, 2009 well before the deadline set by Department of Estates. I wonder how my name was figured in a list of unauthorised occupants?" Rana said in the letter, which was attached with a copy of the No Objection Certificate issued by the Department of Estates.

He said, "This is very false, defamatory, humiliating in nature. I demand an apology and your ministry should issue an explanation in this regard."

In reply to an RTI query on July 13, the Department of Estates has named Kashiram Rana, a former Union Minister, in the list of defaulters for unauthorisedly occupying government bungalow.

Exercising his Right to Information, Subhash Chandra Agrawal had filed an application under the Act seeking list of unauthorised occupants in government accommodation including parliamentarians retired after recent Lok Sabha elections.

Responding to the application, the Department of Estates provided a list of 36 unauthorised occupants of General Pool bungalows which included the names of several former ministers including Kashiram Rana.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, July 17, 2009, 23:37

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