Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Mahua Moitra has approached the Delhi High Court challenging an order that directs the TMC leader to vacate her official bungalow. The court will hear the case on Tuesday.
The directive, issued by the Directorate of Estates under the Government of India on December 11, 2023, calls for the cancellation of Moitra’s government-provided housing. She was asked to vacate her bungalow by January 7.
This move comes after Moitra’s was expelled from the Lok Sabha over cash-for-query allegations.
The plea filed by Moitra seeks to stay the order, asserting that expulsion from the Lok Sabha does not disqualify her and since she will be running for elections again, she needs stable accommodation.
In the petition, Mahua Moitra said that the cancellation of her accommodation is based on the assumption of her valid expulsion from the Lok Sabha — a matter still pending before the Supreme Court.
Therefore, she asserts that the Directorate of Estates should not proceed with eviction actions under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act 1971 until the Supreme Court reaches a decision regarding her parliamentary status.
In her plea, Moitra said she will be contesting for upcoming Lok Sabha elections and that she will need to focus her time and energies on her constituents.
Instability in accommodation, however, would pose a significant impediment to her ability to host and engage with party members, parliamentarians, fellow politicians, visiting constituents, key stakeholders and other dignitaries, which is essential, especially in the lead up to a general election.