New Delhi, Feb 3: Delhi High Court on Tuesday, Feb 3, refused to stay the eviction of Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury from his bungalow in New Moti Bagh.
Authorities on Monday disconnected water and power supply to a ministerial bungalow occupied by Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as they started eviction proceedings against the former UPA Minister who alleged "vendetta" by the government.
Officials reached the 14, New Moti Bagh residence of Chowdhury, who has failed to move to an alternative accommodation provided to him, and snapped the electricity and water connections besides moving out his furniture.
The Lok Sabha MP from Murshidabad attempted to get the eviction stayed by the Delhi High Court which did not interfere with the disconnection of utilities and ordered status quo till tomorrow morning when it will hear the matter.
According to Directorate of Estates, the MP has been allotted another house on Humayun Road and 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, they said.
"I got a stay from the court. It is nothing but political vendetta against opposition by the government," Chowdhury told PTI. He also denied claims that he was not entitled to the house.
Asked why he has not moved to the new house allotted to him, the MP said it has to be made livable with light and electricity connection and other facilities. "I am asking them to make a joint inspection of the house so that whatever is required can be done," he said.
Chowdhury, who was Minister of State for Railways in UPA government, has been allotted the house at Humayun Road more than one year ago, after he became the Lok Sabha MP from Murshidabad in 2014.
In the High Court, Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath refused to interfere in the proceedings.
"If water and electricity have been disconnected, let it be. We will keep it as it is. We are not passing any interim order (on staying eviction). We will maintain status quo till tomorrow morning," they said.