Vacate houses by March 21, PWD tells Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain | India News

NEW DELHI: The Public Works Department (PWD) has asked former Delhi ministers Manish Sisodia and Satyendar Jain to vacate their official residences for their replacements in the government — Atishi and Saurabh Bhardwaj — by March 21.
The order was issued in a letter dated March 14.

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While Sisodia was allotted bungalow number AB-17 on Mathura Road, Jain used to reside at bungalow number 2 on 8, Raj Niwas Marg, in Civil Lines. “The newly-appointed ministers have been offered the official residences. Once they accept, the allotment letters will be issued,” said a PWD official.
According to sources in Delhi government, the families of Sisodia and Jain will continue to live at the existing residences even after the fresh allotments.
‘Order to vacate their residences in line with law’
A Delhi government official said, “It is the law that a minister, upon resigning from his/her office, is bound to vacate the government residence within 15 days. This order is nothing but compliance with the law.”
Sisodia and Jain are currently lodged in Tihar jail following allegations of corruption. While Sisodia was arrested by the CBI last month over alleged irregularities in implementation of the Delhi excise policy, Jain was arrested by the ED in May last year in a money laundering case. Both resigned from their respective posts earlier this month.
Atishi took charge of key portfolios that were held by Sisodia, including PWD, power and education, among others. Bhardwaj now holds the portfolios of urban development, water and vigilance, among others.

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