Authorities initiate action to evict Payal Abdullah from J&K govt bungalow in Delhi

Payal is estranged wife of former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah.

Authorities initiate action to evict Payal Abdullah from J&K govt bungalow in Delhi
Pic courtsey: ANI

Delhi: State authorities on Monday removed Omar Abdullah's nameplate from the government bungalow at Akbar Road, where his wife Payal is residing at the moment.

Police team arrived today at Payal Abdullah's residence after Delhi High Court ordered her on August 19 to vacate the bungalow.

She is the estranged wife of former Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar.

A squad from the J&K Resident Commissioner's office broke the outer gate of the bungalow and were reported to be taking out her belongings.

After asking her orally to "gracefully" vacate the official bungalow, the court had said that Payal and the estranged couple's two sons staying with her are "liable to be evicted forthwith", terming their entitlement to retain it as "wholly illegal".

Payal, who has been residing at the bungalow since 1999, had approached the High Court after the trial court on August 16 had asked her to move out of the house in Lutyen's zone.

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

The judge had 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.

The J&K government had opposed Payal's stay in the bungalow, saying it was faced with an extremely piquant situation as it does not have an appropriate accommodation to house the Chief Minister in Delhi befitting her position and security imperatives.

(With PTI inputs)

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