NEW DELHI: Former Cabinet Minister Kapil Sibal made headlines for renting an apartment in an upscale part of New Delhi for an estimated rent of `60 lakh, days after he lost his Parliamentary elections. But it seems, he has not moved out of his former ‘official residence’ yet. Nor has 15 of his other former ministerial colleagues.
Jaipal Reddy, Ajit Singh, Krishna Tirath, Sachin Pilot, M M Palam Raju, Girija Vyas, Farooq Abdullah, Beni Prasad Varma, Kapil Sibal and Srikant Jena are among those who have not vacated their accommodation till date.
Naidu said damage charges owed by the occupants ranged from `53,250 per month in case of Type V accommodation of Lalchand Kataria to `2,43,678 for Type VIII accommodation of Reddy. He said 21 former ministers are staying in general pool bungalows and they have been given 15 days’ time to move into their entitled accommodation to be provided by the respective House Committees.
These former ministers, who are members of either the Rajya Sabha or the Lok Sabha, have been advised to obtain accommodation from their respective pools. They include A K Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjuna Kharge, Veerappa Moily, Vayalar Ravi, Oscar Fernandes, Jairam Ramesh, Jyotiraditya Scindia, K V Thomas, K Rahman Khan, K H Muniyappa, Shashi Tharoor, K Chiranjivi, Mullappally Ramachandran, Rajiv Shukla, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, A H Khan Choudhury, Ninon Erring, E M Sudershan Nachiappan, K C Venugopal and J Seelam.
Besides, Naidu said a total of 683 flats ranging from Type I to Type VII are underunauthorised occupation.