SRINAGAR, Oct 17: The Estates Department (ED) today informed the Court that three more former legislators have been evicted from public premises and sought two weeks time to update the compliance of court directions.
Since the fresh compliance report in terms of previous order has not been filed, the court of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey granted permission to Government counsel to place on record the communication received by him from the Directorate of Estates Department to justify the non-filing of updated compliance and granted him further time to file the same.
The communication revealed that the Estates Department (ED) has taken up the matter with Home Department and sought additional information from the Home Department for which the ED is waiting for the comments of Home Department, therefore sought some time to file the updated compliance report on eviction of illegal occupants from the Government accommodations.
Meantime, when Court asked the Government Counsel about recent evictions he submitted that three more former legislators – former Speaker and senior NC leader Mubarak Gul, BJP leader Ashok Khajuria and Ravinder Sharma – have been evicted from the public premises, occupied by them, very recently.
“Two weeks’ further time is granted to respondents to update the compliance and furnish the details of former Ministers/former, MLAs/retired, IAS Officers / MLCs / political persons, who are still unauthorizedly residing in Ministerial Bungalows as well as A, B and C-Type accommodation of the Estates Department, both at Jammu as well as at Srinagar”, Justice Magrey directed.
He also directed the ED to file details about recovery, outstanding from the authorized and unauthorized occupants. Copy of the order has been ordered to be provided to B A. Dar (Sr. AAG) under the seal and signature of the Bench Secretary today itself for compliance.