New Delhi: After months of controversy, President Pratibha Patil's search for a new home appears to have finally come to an end. Sources claim that the President is close to finalising a government bungalow in Pune as her post-retirement home. But this choice, too, is not without murmurs of discontent.
Senior state police officials in Pune have told CNN-IBN that they have not been consulted and are upset that police land meant for senior police officers is being used to provide a house for the President.
What senior police officials are saying:
-Land records state that the land belongs to the state police since late 1960s.
-The bungalow under consideration is currently being occupied by a senior state police official.
-The bungalow is on police land. But police top brass was not informed about the decision, something the state police administration is unhappy about.
-However, despite their objections, the state police will not be officially objecting to the allotment.
The choice was made after the President's daughter made an unannounced visit to the bungalow along with state government officials here in Pune's Pashan area on June 16. Sources say the officer's family was at home at that time and was taken aback by the visit. In response to the reports, the President's office only said, "She (the President) is inclined to settle down in Pune. We are unaware of the details."
Till date, the police administration has not yet been informed officially by the President's office or the state government. But sources indicate the bungalow will be given to the President. Though there is no doubt the President's office will be wary this time around of making any official announcements, after the defence land row earlier this year.