From being the Speaker of Delhi Assembly till 2008 to an MLA without salary, the story of Congress leader Prem Singh has been that of downslide thanks to his alleged attitude to look for free hospitality and privilege.
Singh, whose monthly salary and allowances has been blocked for allegedly taking away valuables like air conditioners, computers and floor tiles from his official residence, has now landed in another controversy as it has emerged that he did not pay the hotel bills of his family during a visit to New York in 2008.
The Indian Consulate General has shot off a letter to Delhi Government requesting it to facilitate recovery of USD 960 (Rs 44,600) from the former Speaker as he did not pay the hotel charge of his family members during their stay from August 10 to 12.
"We have received a letter from the Indian Consulate in New York requesting payment of USD 960 from Singh as hotel bills of his relatives," a top official in Delhi Government said.
He said Singh's wife, son and daughter-in-law had accompanied the then Speaker.
The official said the Consulate had made the payment to the hotel and now it wants the money from either the Delhi Government or from Singh.