Subhash Chandra Agrawal for BeyondHeadlines
The government bungalow number 6 at Krishna Menon Marg in New Delhi has been under authorized or unauthorized possession of family-members of Babu Jahjiwanram for last more than 27 years. Regularization of this bungalow as memorial in name of a foundation is indirect violation of cabinet-note of the year 2000 and Supreme Court verdict dated 05.07.2013.
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and the Union government should take lesson from Delhi’s Chief Minister designate Arvind Kejriwal in respect of lure for government-bungalows in Leyton’s zone in New Delhi.
While Arvind Kejriwal has refused to live in a government-bungalow as Chief Minister of Delhi, the Union government has now immorally and indirectly regularized government-bungalow number 6 at Krishna Menon Marg (New Delhi) as Babu Jagjiwanram memorial by now allotting it name of Babu Jagjiwanram National Foundation till the year 2038.
Earlier the bungalow was always under authorized or unauthorized possession of family-members of Babu Jahjiwanram for last more than 27 years firstly in name of mother of Meira Kumar, then in name of Meira Kumar first as Parliamentarian and then as Union Minister.
Problem arose when Meira Kumar was made Lok Sabha Speaker and there is a fixed official residence at Akbar Road (New Delhi) for Lok Sabha Speaker.
Ever since two wings of Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) namely Directorate of Estates (DoE) and Central Public Works Department (CPWD) gave different status of the bungalow with DoE saying it ‘unallotted’ while CPWD said it to be under occupation of Meira Kumar.
Regularization of this bungalow as memorial in name of a foundation is indirect violation of cabinet-note of the year 2000 and Supreme Court verdict dated 05.07.2013 which specifically prohibits conversion of government-bungalow in Leyton’s zone of New Delhi as memorials.
Lok Sabha Speaker should better resign and Union Minister for Urban Development be sacked from the cabinet for misuse of their positions and influence to indirectly convert government-bungalow number 6 Krishna menon Marg (New Delhi) as Babu Jagjiwanram memorial.
Supreme Court should take sue-motto cognizance of the massive irregularity by summoning all government-records about this bungalow where once a rent-bill of about rupees two crores was issued and withdrawn in name of Meira Kumar, this being a blunt case of encroachment and trespass of prime government-property with Union government once having defying even order of Delhi High Court for 19 months before Union government allotting it to family-members of Babu Jagjiwanram from retrospective effect.
RTI response also reveals that only function of Babu Jagjiwanram National Foundation is to celebrate birth and death anniversaries of Babu Jagjiwanram with interest on 50-crores corpus fund accumulated with no purpose.