HC seeks details of ex- MLAS, ministers occupying govt accommodation

HC seeks details of ex- MLAS, ministers occupying govt accommodation

Srinagar: The J&K High Court Wednesday sought details of former ministers and legislators among other persons occupying government accommodation unauthorisedly in Srinagar.
A single bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey also directed government, particularly Director Estates, to inform the Court if there was any policy framed by the State to provide alternate accommodation to protected persons like former ministers and legislators.
“I further feel that such information(s) would be inconsequential, unless the respondents also indicate the details of the private properties owned by such unauthorized occupants in and around the limits of City of Srinagar, including parts of District Budgam bordering Srinagar District,” the court said.
The bench passed the directions while hearing an application filed by state government, seeking vacation of interim directions by the court by virtue which status-quo was ordered about a quarter occupied by former CAPD minister Chowdary Mohammad Ramzan at Tulsi Bagh here.
The government has sought the vacation on the grounds that the accommodation allotted to Ramzan was required to be made available to the newly elected legislators and ministers.
It said that the accommodation was allotted to Ramzan in his capacity as Legislator and Minister.
“Since (Ramzan) does not hold any post or position now, he is not entitled to occupy or retain the accommodation,” the government said, underscoring that the accommodation was required to be made available to the person who is now entitled to same as per the rules.
It is further stated that the status quo order was harshly working against the interests of State respondents who are unable to arrange accommodation and make it available for the person(s) who is/are now entitled for it.
The government also submitted that accommodations are being unauthorisedly occupied by erstwhile Legislators and ministers besides others. Such persons, it said, are perpetuating the occupations against the rules.
The court also issued notice to Ramzan, seeking him to file reply by April 15. The notice was accepted by his counsel advocate Javed Iqbal.
Meanwhile the court also asked Advocate General to assist it in the matter on the next date.