RTI query reveals he is yet to return items worth more than Rs 4 lakh to govt
Danish Raza | April 22, 2010
Chaudhury Prem Singh is yet to return the items worth more than Rs 4 lakh which the government provided him to furnish his official residence as Delhi assembly speaker. Chaudhary’s tenure as the speaker expired on December 16, 2008. Delhi-based RTI activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal obtained this information under the Right to Information Act, 2005.
According to the data provided by the Delhi legislative assembly secretariat, IT items which Singh has not returned are worth to Rs 1,91,920. They include three computers, two printers and one scanner.
Articles such as VCR, official chairs and tables worth Rs 60,619 are lying at Singh’s private residence F- 301, Lado Sarai, while similar items worth Rs 89,303 at his official residence, 6, Flag Staff road, are due for return.
The information obtained also shows steps have not been taken to recover these items from Singh.
Interestingly, a $960 bill is also pending in the Consulate General of India, New York, against his name. Singh was on a two-day trip to the US in August 2008. He was accompanied by his wife, son and daughter-in-law. In January this year, the consulate wrote to the joint secretary of the Delhi assembly to recover the amount from Singh.
According to the RTI response, Singh was conveyed the same, to which he said that the tour was an official one and his expenditure towards the accommodation was to required to be paid by the assembly secretariat.
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