The Delhi High Court Friday reserved the order of a districts court on Omar Abdullah’s estranged wife Payal Abdullah’s plea against eviction notice under which she has to vacate her government accommodation.
Delhi High Court directed her to “gracefully” vacate the government accommodation she has been residing in with her two sons.
“Will you gracefully evict or I should pass an order?” Justice Indermeet Kaur asked Payal’s counsel, who categorically stated that the court should pass the order. The judge also orally observed that every person who retires from the office has to move out.
On Tuesday, Payal had 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. On the last date of hearing on August 12, the high court had extended till August 16 the interim protection from eviction granted on July 12.
However, on August 16 when the matter came before Justice Indermeet Kaur, Payal’s counsel sought an 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 the state of Jammu and Kashmir, contending that the order was passed without allowing her to lead evidence and without granting her any personal hearing.
While Payal enjoys a ‘Z’ category security cover, each of her sons has ‘Z’ plus security, comprising of a total 94 personnel. She claimed that it will be difficult to accommodate them in a private flat in the city.
Payal, through her advocate Amit Khemka, contended that the bungalow was allotted to her husband by the central government. Khemka, therefore, argued that the Estate Officer of J&K government could not demand the eviction.
Omar was first allotted the bungalow in 1999 by the Ministry of Urban Development when he was an MP from J&K.
(with inputs from agencies)