Told to vacate official bungalow, says Mehbooba Mufti

Former Jammu & Kashmir chief minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief, Mehbooba Mufti, has been asked to vacate Fairview bungalow — her official residence in Srinagar.

The house was allotted to Mehbooba’s father, former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, in 2005.

“The notice to evict from Fairview was served to me a few days ago. This has not come as a surprise and is along the expected lines,” the former chief minister told news agency PTI.

“This place was allotted to my father (Mufti Mohammad Sayeed) in December 2005, after he relinquished the chief minister’s office. So the grounds mentioned by the administration are not correct… I do not own a place where I can stay. So I have to consult my legal team before making a decision,” she added.

Officials familiar with the matter, however, said Mehbooba would be provided an “alternative accommodation” on security grounds, if required.

The notice, issued by the deputy director of Estates Department, said: “The Jammu and Kashmir Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1999 read with amended Act, 2016. It is to be communicated to your goodself, that should you require an alternative accommodation, the Government is willing to provide the same on your request, on security or other ground(s).”