November 22nd, 2011
Email this page

Meira Kumar’s unpaid house rent amounts to Rs 1.98 crore

lok Sabha speaker meira kumarNew Delhi: Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has dues amounting to Rs 1.98 crore. The Estates Department of the Urban Development Ministry has issued a bill of Rs. 1.98 crore  house rent that is due to be paid for occupying 6, Krishna Menon Marg, a government residence, since 1986 after the demise of her father late Jagjivan Ram. Technically, Kumar lost entitlement to the bungalow once she took up the post of the Speaker and was allotted another house.

The Department of Estates, in an RTI reply, has given a list of 10 persons including “family members of Late Indrani Devi ie Smt Mira Kumar (sic)” and dues against them for occupation of bungalows. The list shows Kumar has a pending rent due of Rs 1,98,22,723 for which a bill has been issued, it says.

The department was replying to a query by RTI activist Subhash Chandra Aggrawal on pending rent dues towards persons having occupied government premises after losing entitlement.

“I was trying to find out how these bungalows were being used for memorials , whereas the parliament has already ensured govt bungalows will not be used as memorials anymore. But her family was still not vacating it. Hence I filed the RTI (patch) there seems to be some sort of tie up between all the agencies like CPWD, NDMC etc to confuse the issue even further.” said Mr Aggarwal.

But the land owning agency, Central Public Works Department (CPWD), says that the bungalow is still in her possession. Officials from the Speaker’s office however claim that, “the family members of Late Smt Indrani Devi, vacated 6, Krishna Menon Marg, New Delhi by 30.11.2002, and intimation in this regard was given to CPWD, NDMC, Director of Estates and other concerned authorities.

“NDMC disconnected water and electricity supply immediately. None of the family members of Late Smt Indrani Devi have, thereafter, been in the occupation of said premises,” it said.

Malayalam News




Press ctrl+g to toggle between English and Malayalam.