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43 Ex-Ministers/ Ex-Legislators Occupying Govt Bungalows in violation HC directs Adm to pass Cancellation/Eviction orders within one month


High Court of J&K and today directed the Estate Department of to pass individual eviction/cancellation order on all the 43 occupants of Government quarters in Jammu and Srinagar after hearing the occupants individually.

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice N. Kotiswar Singh and Justice M.A. Chowdhary in PIL No. 17/2020 seeking eviction of overstaying Ex-Ministers/ Ex-Legislators has directed Director Estates Jammu/ Srinagar to deal with each and every person (43 occupants) and pass specific individual orders either for cancellation of accommodation and eviction there from, or allotment thereof by giving specific reasons for doing so.

The Division Bench further directed that, “we make it clear that if the accommodation of any individual mentioned in this report is continued, specific reasons supported by necessary materials, must be provided before this Court so that this Court will examine as to whether the authorities have taken an appropriate and fair decision as regards the Govt. accommodation being presently provided to these 43 persons.”

The Division Bench further observed and directed that it goes without saying that while passing such separate orders in respect of the aforesaid occupants, the authorities shall keep in mind the provisions of the J&K Estates Department (Allotment of Government Accommodation) Regulations, 2004 and also various orders passed by this Court including the order passed by this Court in CM No. 7467/2022 and CM No. 7468/2022 in WP(C) PIL No. 17/2020.

The Counsels for PIL lead by SS Ahmed highlighted before the Division Bench that almost all the overstaying ex-legislators have their own residential houses at Jammu/ Srinagar cities but the Estates Department is not evicting the said occupants because of political clout being enjoyed by them being close to the seat of power. The cases of Former Chief Minister of J&K Ghulam Nabi Azad, Former Deputy C.M. Kavinder Gupta, Ex-Minister Sajjad Lone and others vociferously argued that dual standards have been adopted by the Estates Department on political considerations and law of the land has been thrown to winds and evictions were earlier carried out selectively.

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