Delhi HC asks Payal to ‘gracefully’ vacate govt bungalow

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Delhi High Court today directed Payal Abdullah, the estranged wife of former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, to “gracefully” vacate the government accommodation she has been residing in with her two sons.

Payal, who has been residing at 7, Akbar Road bungalow since 1999, however, refused to move out and urged the court to pass an order. The court then said a detailed order will be passed with regard to the time within which she and her children will have to vacate the bungalow.

“Will you gracefully evict or I should pass an order?” Justice Indermeet Kaur asked Payal’s counsel, who categorically stated that the court should pass the order.

The judge also orally observed that every person who retires from the office has to move out.

The judge also noted that Delhi Police will provide security to Payal and her children, who are ‘Z’ and ‘Z plus’ security protectees, during their stay in the capital.

On August 16, a trial court too, had asked Payal to move out of the house in Lutyen’s zone here.

The High Court was hearing Payal’s plea seeking that she and her children be not evicted from 7, Akbar Road (type VIII) bungalow here or an alternative accommodation be provided in view of their security status and threat to their lives.

The Centre, however, opposed her contention to retain the accommodation on the ground of security threat and said it is for Delhi Police to ensure her safety for her stay here.

Wefornews Bureau

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