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Updated: Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:15:00 GMT | By PTI

Centre seeks return of Arvind Kejriwal’s Tilak Lane flat

Former Delhi CM asked to vacate posh Lutyens flat in national capital or make formal request for extension


Centre seeks return of Arvind Kejriwal’s Tilak Lane flat (© Reuters)

New Delhi: The urban development ministry has written to the Delhi government, asking it to return the Tilak Lane flat allotted to Arvind Kejriwal when he was the chief minister.

Kejriwal, who resigned as CM, was allotted the three-bedroom C-II/23 flat at Tilak Lane in Lutyens Zone by the ministry in January, as Delhi government had made a request for a suitable accommodation in central Delhi for its chief minister.

Following his resignation from the chief minister's post on February 14, Kejriwal should have vacated the house after 15 days as per the rule, said a senior ministry official adding "beyond the grace period of 15 days market rent is charged as per rules."

According to the official, the market rent for the Type VI flat is between Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 per month.

The official said there was no communication from the Delhi government yet on the status of the Tilak Lane flat, as it should have been returned to directorate of estate by March 1.

Though it's not mandatory for the ministry to extend the allotment by charging market rent, Kejriwal may be allowed to keep the house for three months.

"If a request from the city government comes for allowing extension of stay at the house, then it is up to the concerned authorities to decide on it. But since we have not received any response from the Delhi government, we have sought a reply from them," he said.

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