Delhi high court asks Payal Abdullah to ‘gracefully’ vacate govt bungalow

New Delhi: Delhi High Court on Friday directed Payal Abdullah, the estranged wife of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, to “gracefully” vacate the government accommodation she has been residing in with her two sons.
Payal, who has been residing at 7, Akbar Road bungalow since 1999, however, refused to move out and urged the court to pass an order. The court then said a detailed order will be passed with regard to the time within which she and her children will have to vacate the bungalow.
“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. The judge also noted that Delhi Police will provide security to Payal and her children, who are ‘Z’ and ‘Z plus’ security protectees, during their stay in the capital.
On August 16, a trial court too, had asked Payal to move out of the house in Lutyen’s zone here. The high court was hearing Payal’s plea seeking that she and her children be not evicted from 7, Akbar Road (type VIII) bungalow here or an alternative accommodation be provided in view of their security status and threat to their lives.
In their plea, Payal and her children have claimed that the government of India, through a letter dated September 9, 2015, allotted the bungalow to the state of Jammu and Kashmir as the Chief Minister’s residence with retrospective effect from August 11, 2009, without following the due process of law which was thus illegal. The petitioners, including the couple’s two children, have sought parity with Priyanka Gandhi, Subramanian Swamy and several others who have been granted government accommodation on security grounds.
The petitioners have contended that the eviction order was passed without allowing them to lead evidence and without granting any personal hearing to them.
As per the eviction order, the petitioners were given 15 days to vacate the premises.

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