The Lok Sabha secretariat has asked the Directorate of Estates to initiate eviction proceedings against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann’s “unauthorised” occupation of central government accommodation in Delhi. The accommodation was assigned to Bhagwant Mann as a Member of Parliament, however, he later resigned as Sangrur MP in March 2022 to be sworn in as the CM of Punjab.
The petition filed by the LS secretariat before the estate’s officer remarks, “The said allotment stands cancelled in his name with effect from April 14.” The allotment in question is the central government’s duplex No 33, North Avenue, along with its units, and 153 North Avenue, his regular accommodation as a member of the 17th Lok Sabha.
The petition clearly states that since April 13, the occupation by the former MP has been unauthorised. “It is, therefore requested the proceedings for eviction of Bhagwan Mann, ex-MP and all persons may be initiated and orders for their eviction be passed,” said the LS secretariat. Official documents indicate that the accommodation is now being issued to Hanuman Beniwal, the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) president and MP from Rajasthan.
There was no immediate response from the Punjab CM’s office on the matter. Typically, central government employees, MPs, judges, and other dignitaries, are allotted accommodation in Delhi while they are in service and posted in the national capital. However, after their term expires or ends prematurely, they are no longer eligible to occupy the accommodation.
According to the PRS India, to evict any person from the allotted accommodation, the central government estate officer has to first issue a written notice to the individual concerned, who has to show cause as to why an eviction notice should not be issued against them. The individual has three working days to do so.