Delhi court asks Omar’s estranged wife to vacate house

New Delhi, Aug 16 (IANS) A court here on Tuesday ordered Payal Abdullah, the estranged wife of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, to vacate the government accommodation allotted to Omar in 1999 in the Lutyens Zone in Delhi.

The bungalow was allotted to Omar Abdullah, who is also the Nationalist Conference (NC) leader, in 1999 when he was elected to parliament from Jammu and Kashmir and became a minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s government at the Centre.

District Judge Amar Nath dismissed Payal’s plea to quash the eviction notice issued on June 30 by the Estate Officer of the Jammu and Kashmir government for vacating bungalow No.7 on the Akbar Road here.

In her plea, Payal pointed out that the eviction notice was not sent by the Ministry of Urban Development, which had originally allotted the accommodation to her husband.

She told the court that the notice issued by the state’s Estate Officer was illegal as it was issued under a Jammu and Kashmir law that is not applicable in Delhi.

Payal said she and her children continued to live in the Akbar Road residence when Omar was neither the Chief Minister nor a Union minister from 2002 to 2008.

Omar continued as a Union minister till December 23, 2002, when he resigned. Later, he became the state Chief Minister in January 2009 and remained so till December 2014, when his party was voted out of power in the assembly elections.

Payal has also filed a plea in the Delhi High court seeking directions that she along with her sons be either allowed to stay at 7, Akbar Road, or be allotted another suitable government accommodation where the family’s 94 security personnel can effectively protect them.

The matter is pending in the High Court.



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