Speaker's house controversy: Cong says no comments

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.