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JK HC orders ex-ministers, MLAs to vacate Govt accommodations

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JK and Ladakh High Court Srinagar. [File Photo]

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh High Court adopted a stringent stance against the continued occupation of government accommodations by 43 former ministers and MLAs, directing the estate department to issue individual notices to those who have failed to vacate the premises.

The division bench, comprising High Court Chief Justice N Kotishwar Singh and Justice MA Chaudhary, issued this order during the hearing of a petition related to the matter.

Expressing firm resolve, the division bench mandated the estate department to complete the process of issuing notices within one month. Emphasising the importance of adherence to legal procedures, the bench underscored that any individual who persists in occupying government residences must present relevant documents before the court.

Moreover, the division bench directed the Director of the Estate Department to afford an opportunity for hearing to the 43 people named in the report before serving notices.

Additionally, the court sought detailed information from the estate department regarding the rent payments made by these occupants, emphasising the need to charge commercial rates given their current non-official status.

Advocate Shakeel Ahmed brought to the bench’s attention the discrepancy between the occupancy of government residences and the availability of private accommodations for former MLAs in Jammu.

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