HC orders eviction of 'political activists' from govt quarters

The High Court on Thursday ordered eviction of several ‘political activists’ from government quarters.

While disposing of batch of petitions at Jammu, a bench of Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey observed such type of allotments as “tip of the iceberg”.  

“The number of such cases would obviously be quite high and obviously the occupiers of such quarters would not be paying any rent or premium towards the allotment resulting in a huge loss to the public exchequer,” the court said.

The petitioners had urged the court to restrain the authorities from evicting them and their families from government quarters, contending that they are “active mainstream political activists” and have a threat perception.

The court directed director estates to evict the “political activists” from the government accommodation forthwith and allot the same to the eligible applicants strictly in terms of the Jammu and Kashmir Estates Department (Allotment of Government Accommodation) Regulations, 2004.