Delhi court directs Omar Abdullah’s estranged wife to vacate Lutyen’s zone bungalow

However, her plea in the Delhi High Court to retain the residence or get an alternate government accommodation on security grounds was today adjourned to August 19.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: August 16, 2016 9:21 pm

Payal Abdullah, the estranged wife of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Tuesday failed to get any relief from a Delhi court which directed her to vacate the bungalow in Lutyen’s zone where she has been living since 1999. However, her plea in the Delhi High Court to retain the residence or get an alternate government accommodation on security grounds was today adjourned to August 19.

On the last date of hearing on August 12, the high court had extended till today the interim protection from eviction granted on July 12. However, today when the matter came before Justice Indermeet Kaur, Payal’s counsel sought adjournment and it was renotifed for hearing on August 19. She had also approached the trial court seeking stay of the June 30 eviction order issued by the Estate Officer of state of Jammu and Kashmir, contending that the order was passed without allowing her to lead evidence and without granting her any personal hearing.

District Judge Amarnath today dismissed her plea against the eviction order which she had challenged on the ground that the estate officer of the state did not have the jurisdiction, as the property belonged to the central government. The Centre and the state of Jammu and Kashmir had earlier told the high court that government accommodation was only provided to SPG protectees, to which Payal claimed parity with Subramaniam Swamy, K P S Gill and others, who have Z and Z plus security cover, and had been granted government accommodation.

While she enjoys Z category security cover, each of her sons has Z plus security, comprising of a total 94 personnel. Payal has claimed that so many personnel, their weapons and other security arrangements cannot be accommodated at her private flat in the city. With regard to the Centre and the state’s claim that the 7, Akbar Road bungalow was meant for the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, she has told the high court that it was alloted to her husband from 1999 onwards and was never cancelled, even when he was not an MP or an MLA.

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In her plea in the high court, Payal has contended that the Centre’s letter of September 2015 by which the bungalow at here was allotted for official use of the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, was “a manipulative document” as it put the premises under the state’s disposal with effect from a retrospective date six years prior. Payal in her plea and her reply has also contended that the website of the Department of Hospitality and Protocol of Government of Jammu and Kashmir shows that the residence of Chief Minister of the state was 5, Prithviraj Road. She has also claimed that as per information obtained from the internet, “the number of security personnel required for protecting a protectee assigned a specific category of security cannot be changed”.

“All protectees being provided Z plus category security have a total number of 36 security personnel protecting them, Z category has a security cover of 22 personnel, Y category has a security cover of 11 personnel and X category has a security cover of 5 or 2 personnel and the number of security personnel cannot be reduced depending upon the size and location of the size and location of the accommodation of the protectee,” her reply said.

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    Dev Verma
    Aug 16, 2016 at 4:52 pm
    ESPECIALLY FOR OMAR - WHY GOVERNMENT'S HAVE TO CARRY YOUR BURDEN ON EX CHECKER'S COST IF YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE. DON'T GET MARRIED AND PRODUCE CHILDREN IF CAN NOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY. BEFORE YOU SPEAK FOR ANYONE BETTER WATCH YOUR MOUTH.A PERSON WHO CAN NOT TAKE CARE OF HIS FAMILY HAVE NO RIGHT TO TALK ABOUT OTHERS. WATCH YOUR BACK NEXT TIME.
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      Dev Verma
      Aug 16, 2016 at 4:47 pm
      How did she trusted Omar at first place ? sorry omar is allowed 3 so now government of Indian or JandK is responsible for her. Good what a great country...people's don't have bijli (power) since 1947 and choron ki barat enjoy's a free bunglow's Z security and free etc.,etc. Pretty sure omar must be visiting her regularly while in delhi..Majay kaaro !!
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        Dev Verma
        Aug 16, 2016 at 4:39 pm
        In India devorcee's are also allowed to stay in lutyens bunglows where as her own husband so called abandoned her and she has become burden on ex chequer's responsibility. What a law ? now she will go to SC and GOD forbid what will come out from SC all will astonish to see judgement.
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          George Cruz
          Aug 17, 2016 at 12:15 am
          Omar Abdullah is really is a big time traitor ("Desh Drohi") who supports the Kashmir Separatist Islamic Jihadists who commit anti-national activities like pelting stones at the Indian armed forces, hoisting stan flag, etc claiming democracy/freedom, and should be should be arrested and sent to prison for life time. Omar Abdullah has to realize that the JandK is and has been an integral part of India and he doesn't deserve to live in democratic/secular India and aming the peaceful/inclusive Hindus.
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            R.Bhat
            Aug 16, 2016 at 7:47 pm
            How many wives Omar has? Any more separated wife? Government must belt;br/gt;protecting her also with 94 commandos. What a farce? Why the peions of thislt;br/gt;kind are not thrown out at the application stage itself? But then Modi has to keeplt;br/gt;Omar in good humour in case he has to ditch PDP. How BJP is different fromlt;br/gt;Congress? Only people are fools.
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