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Unauthorized Occupant and an Expelled MP Mahua Moitra Vacates Delhi Bungalow After Court Declined to Intervene

Mahua Moitra faced expulsion from the Lok Sabha on December 8, 2023, after being found guilty of "unethical conduct." The charges stemmed from allegations that she accepted gifts from businessman Darshan Hiranandani and shared her user ID and password for the Parliament website with him.

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New Delhi, January 19, 2024 – Trinamool Congress leader Mahua Moitra, who was ousted from the Lok Sabha last month on charges of “unethical conduct,” has complied with an eviction notice and vacated her government bungalow today. The eviction notice, issued earlier this week, demanded an immediate evacuation, warning of potential forceful eviction if necessary.

EventDate
Expulsion from Lok SabhaDecember 8, 2023
Eviction Notice ReceivedEarlier this week
Vacating Bungalow DeadlineJanuary 19, 2024
Delhi High Court VerdictJanuary 18, 2024

Eviction Notice and Government’s Stand

In a sternly-worded eviction notice, the Centre, managed by the Directorate of Estates, emphasized that Mahua Moitra had been given ample opportunity to comply but failed to establish her right to continue occupying the premises. The notice highlighted that if she did not vacate voluntarily, she and any other occupants could be evicted using necessary force.

The government asserted that Moitra was considered an “unauthorized occupant” and had not presented sufficient evidence to refute this claim.

Delhi High Court’s Verdict

Attempting to seek relief, Mahua Moitra approached the Delhi High Court on Thursday. However, the court declined to intervene and stayed the eviction order, urging her to vacate the government bungalow. Justice Girish Kathpalia noted that there were no specific rules governing the eviction of former MPs from government accommodations after the termination of their term.

Background of Expulsion

Mahua Moitra faced expulsion from the Lok Sabha on December 8, 2023, after being found guilty of “unethical conduct.” The charges stemmed from allegations that she accepted gifts from businessman Darshan Hiranandani and shared her user ID and password for the Parliament website with him.

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