NEW DELHI: The BJP-led Central government has decided to allot a house to Subramanian Swamy, who is the complainant in the National Herald case in which Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi are expected to appear in court on Saturday.
The hard work that the former Union Minister put in dragging the Gandhis to court in the National Herald case might finally be paying off, sources from the Congress party alleged on Friday.
“Security” is being cited as the reason behind the move granting him government accommodation, the sources said as Swamy is not a minister, Member of Parliament or government functionary.
The Cabinet Committee on Accommodation (CCA), chaired by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, cleared the allotment on Thursday. Sources said that the CCA took the decision because Swamy is a Z-category protectee provided with Central Reserve Police Force cover and there is no place for deployment of armed guards at his present house. Sources claimed his security was being reviewed from time to time by Security Categorisation Committee under the ministry.
The assessment report on his security said, “There is need for proper government accommodation for effective deployment of security for Dr Swamy. Accordingly, a government accommodation for him for five years has been recommended.” The house comes at five times the normal license fee paid for such accommodation. The CCA also allowed former Punjab DGP KPS Gill and former Congress leader MS Bitta to retain their present accommodation till May 2018. It also allowed Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat to retain accommodation.