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Mahajan Jr faces eviction from 7 Safdarjung Road

Rahul Mahajan now faces eviction from the 7 Safdurjung Road residence allotted to his father, late MP Pramod Mahajan.

india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 17:35 IST

Under arrest on charges of drug abuse and illegal use of Government accommodation, Rahul Mahajan now faces eviction from the 7 Safdarjung Road residence allotted to his father, late MP Pramod Mahajan.

Rajya Sabha House Committee Chairman JP Agarwal said on Tuesday that his panel was considering cancelling the three-month extension granted to the Mahajan family to live in the house following the death of the BJP parliamentarian last month.

"The house was allotted to Pramod Mahajan for political purposes. We granted a three-month extension to the family of the late leader to use the house on their request," Agarwal said.

"But the events that unfolded in the past few days show the house was being used for suspected illegal activities."

Agarwal's comments came in the wake of 31-year-old Rahul being charged with allowing the house to be used for consumption of banned narcotics.

He said the committee will soon approach Rajya Sabha Chairman Bhairon Singh Shekhawat with its recommendations over "misuse" of the 7 Safdarjung Road residence after Pramod Mahajan's death.

The committee, he said, has so far allowed the Mahajans to stay in the house at a concessional rent for a month since the passing of the Rajya Sabha member and asked them to pay rent at market rates for another two months.

"But now the situation has changed. There are serious allegations regarding the use of the house, which have prompted us to recommend it be vacated," Agarwal said.

First Published: Jun 06, 2006 16:48 IST