Responding to reports that he had requested the Gujarat government to let him retain a bungalow in Ahmedabad for over a year after he was appointed to the Election Commission, chief election commissioner AK Joti on Sunday said he had not sought any undue favours from the state government.
“I was allocated a house in Delhi only after one year of being appointed in the EC,” Joti told TOI. “I requested the Gujarat government to allow me to keep possession of the house in the Dafnala area of Ahmedabad as I could not have lived with my wife for a year in Delhi’s Gujarat Bhavan. I have paid the rent as per Gujarat government norms.”
Joti added that after he was given a house by the government of India, he immediately vacated the Ahmedabad bungalow in October 2016. “All these facts are on record. I have not taken any undue favours from any government,” he said.
Joti is a 1975-batch Gujarat cadre IAS officer who retired as chief secretary in January 31, 2013. He was then appointed vigilance commissioner. He was appointed to the Election Commission in May 2015, and on July 6, 2017, was appointed the chief election commissioner.