Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh vacates MP bungalow, moves to Kapurthala House
A Delhi court had dismissed CM’s plea against eviction order on health groundsUpdated: Jul 13, 2017 09:21 IST
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
The Kapurthala House at New Delhi is the new official address of Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh after a court has rejected his plea against an eviction order of the bungalow allocated to him as Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar.
The former abode of the Maharaja of Kapurthala in Delhi, the house is used by the Punjab government as the residence of governor and chief minister whenever they visit the national capital.
Besides reserved suites of the governor and the chief minister with separate entry gates, it has a large meeting hall, kitchen and three to four rooms. Amarinder, along with his entourage, stayed here for his meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday.
Captain, who had resigned as Lok Sabha MP in November last year, had requested the chairman of the Lok Sabha’s House Committee on February 10 to allow him to retain the bungalow at Janpath Road on humanitarian grounds as he was suffering from high blood pressure and also because he was heart patient.
On February 14, he received a show-cause notice to explain before the court that why an eviction order be not passed against him.
The eviction order, passed on March 24, was challenged by Amarinder. But terming him as an ‘unauthorised occupant’, the Patiala House court had dismissed the appeal filed by him against the estate officer’s order and he was directed to surrender the bungalow.
Former Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal too used to stay at the Kapurthala House during his visits to New Delhi.
First Published: Jul 13, 2017 09:21 IST