NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday refused to stay the eviction of Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury from his bungalow in New Moti Bagh here.
A Bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath, while upholding the Single-judge Bench order of February 1 said that as the MP is not entitled to relief, his appeal is dismissed.
“Pending representation before the House committee does not mean you are entitled to relief. The Single Judge has rightly dismissed your petition. This petition is also dismissed,” the Bench said. Chowdhury, an LS member, had moved the court against the February 1 order dismissing his plea against the eviction, following which the authorities concerned had disconnected water and power supply to his ministerial bungalow at 14, New Moti Bagh, even as they started eviction proceedings against him. On Tuesday, the Division Bench, which did not interfere with disconnection of utilities, had directed maintenance of status quo with regard to the eviction till Wednesday morning. According to the Directorate of Estates, the MP has been allotted another house on Humayun Road and was given sufficient time to vacate the ministerial bungalow which, it said, he was not entitled to. But Chowdhury did not vacate despite several reminders in the past, it said.
Meanwhile, Chowdhury has sought two to three days’ time from the Urban Development Ministry to shift to his new official accommodation in Humayun road. Sources in the Ministry said he has already taken possession of the new bungalow. He was again allotted a bungalow at C-/4, Humayun Road on Nov 3, 2015.