HC wants govt housing cleared of unauthorized occupants

HC wants govt housing cleared of unauthorized occupants
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Sets deadline for defaulters’ list

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday directed Director, Estates, State of J&K, Srinagar, to ensure eviction of unauthorised occupants from government accommodations and to file a compliance report before court on the next date of hearing.
The court of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey said, “After hearing the parties and before proceeding further, it has become necessary to have information on the affidavit of the Director, Estates, Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, to the following extent:
“Details of Government accommodations available in the shape of Government Bungalows, Government houses, Government Quarters and hired accommodations in the State of Jammu and Kashmir, details of the norms/regulations/criteria in vogue for making allotment of accommodations to Ministers sitting and former, Judges sitting or former, Officers of Police and civil administration, sitting and former legislators, protected persons and Media persons, details of accommodations allotted and in occupation of former Ministers, former Legislators, sitting Legislators, Officers, Judges via-a-vis their entitlement.”
The court also asked for a list of occupants, with the details of accommodation, who are in possession of the available units as per their entitlement in tune with the regulations. “Furthermore, list of unauthorized occupants with the details of unauthorized occupancy and steps taken for ensuring eviction of unauthorized occupants,” the court asked in the affidavit.
The court further directed that all un-authorized incumbents, whose list would be furnished by the Director, Estates, shall be put on notice by the Registrar Judicial of the Court for furnishing the details of their houses in Jammu and Srinagar.
The requisitioned information on affidavit by Director, Estates, Jammu and Kashmir, and other incumbents shall be furnished within a period of three weeks, the court ruled.
Meanwhile, court directed Additional Advocate General (AAG) B A Dar to furnish a list of all the writ petitions pending on the subject to the Registrar Judicial of this court who shall list all those petitions along with this petition.
The next date of hearing is 6 September.
The court further directed the Registrar Judicial to send a copy of the order to the Chief Secretary to the Government of Jammu and Kashmir for information.