Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and Union government should learn from Delhi’s Chief Minister designate Arvind Kejriwal who refused government-bungalow in Leyton's zone in New Delhi. While at one side Kejriwal refused to live in a government-bungalow as Chief Minister of Delhi, at the same time the Union government has now alloted government-bungalow number 6 at Krishna Menon Marg (New Delhi) in the name of Babu Jagjiwanram National Foundation till the year 2038.
Earlier the bungalow was always under authorised or unauthorised possession of family-members of Babu Jagjiwanram for more than 27 years now firstly in name of Meira Kumar's mother, 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 Speakers.
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.
Regularisation of this bungalow as Jagjiwanram 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 prohibit 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 at Krishna Menon Marg (New Delhi) into Babu Jagjiwanram's 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summoning all government-records about this bungalow where once a rent-bill of about rupees two crores was issued and withdrawn in the name of Meira Kumar. This being a blunt case of encroachment and trespass of prime government-property with Union government once having defying even the orders of Delhi High Court for 19 months before Union government allotting it to the family-members of Babu Jagjiwanram from retrospective effect.
RTI response also reveals that the 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.