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Chirag Paswan eviction: Delhi HC refuses to interfere with Centre’s decision

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The Delhi High Court on Thursday refused to interfere with the eviction of Chirag Paswan, Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) president and Lok Sabha MP from Jamui in Bihar, from a government bungalow situated at Janpath in the capital.

The development ensued in a petition filed by Reena Paswan, the mother of Chirag Paswan, against the eviction from the bungalow which had been allotted to late Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan. 

Justice Yashwant Varma dismissed the plea while refusing to stall the eviction process which has already been initiated by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.  

During the course of hearing, Advocate Rajat Wadhwa, representing Paswan, urged for some time to vacate the premises owing to practical difficulties as hundreds of occupants presently stay in the said bungalow.

Per contra, Additional Solicitor General Chetan Sharma informed the Court that the eviction process has already been initiated following the notice issued to the occupants in 2020.

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At this stage, Justice Varma orally remarked: “This is not your party headquarters.”

“Move out, Sir….. There are other people waiting,” he added.

The Directorate of Estates under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs had in August last year issued an eviction notice to Chirag Paswan and other occupants of the premises in question asking them to vacate the accommodation stated to be earmarked for Union Ministers and was once the official address of LJP, wherein the party held its organisational meetings and other related events.

The accommodation was allotted to Railways and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw last year, who has not been able to move in yet.

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