Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and Rajya Sabha MP, Raghav Chadha, has taken legal action to safeguard his government bungalow in Lutyens Delhi. Chadha recently contested the Delhi High Court’s decision to revoke the interim order preventing the Rajya Sabha Secretariat from vacating the allocated Type-7 bungalow. The case was presented before Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Sanjeev Narula’s bench, which scheduled it for hearing on Wednesday.
Raghav Chadha’s Legal Battle for Bungalow Protection
Chadha’s legal challenge stems from the trial court’s ruling, which questioned his entitlement to retain the government bungalow in Pandara Road. These prestigious bungalows are typically allotted to MPs with a history of serving as ministers, chief ministers, or governors.
According to Chadha’s lawyer, a notice had been served to the parliament member, and the eviction process had commenced. Initially, a lower court had issued a stay, but it has since been lifted.
Chadha Challenges Bungalow Eviction
The trial court, on October 5, ruled that Raghav Chadha couldn’t assert an absolute right to the government bungalow throughout his tenure as a Rajya Sabha member, even after the allotment was canceled. This decision overturned the interim order from April 18, which had prevented the Rajya Sabha Secretariat from evicting Chadha without due legal process.
Following the cancellation of his bungalow allocation by the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, Raghav Chadha stated, “The allotment of the residence was made by the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha himself after considering all my specifications. However, later, without any apparent reason or valid cause, the accommodation was canceled, suggesting that the entire action was a targeted harassment.