Mehbooba Mufti, the leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), received an eviction notice from her official residence Fairview Bungalow in Srinagar in October. On Sunday, officials said the Jammu and Kashmir administration had asked her to leave the government apartment she was occupying in the Anantnag district of south Kashmir.
The executive magistrate of Anantnag slapped Mufti with an eviction notice on Saturday, telling her to leave quarter number 7 at Housing Colony Khanabal within 24 hours, according to officials.
The notice stated, “You are requested to vacate the quarter in question within 24 hours failing which action justified by law shall be taken against you.” The note made no mention of a cause.
The PDP president received a notice to evacuate her official residence in the high-security Gupkar area earlier on October 15 from the Estates Department of the Jammu and Kashmir government.
Local news outlets reported that seven additional former lawmakers, including former MLAs and MLCs, had also been asked to leave the government housing that they were occupying, citing anonymous officials.
Altaf Wani, Abdul Rahim Rather, Abdul Majeed Bhat, Altaf Shah Alias Kalo, Bashir Shah Alias Veeri, Choudhary Nizamuddin, and Abdul Kabir Pathan are some of the ex-lawmakers.
Suhail Bukhari, the chief spokesperson for the PDP, claimed that Mufti was provided with a run-down residence in Tulsi Bagh, Srinagar, which she rejected. The house on Gupkar Road with a view of Dal Lake in Srinagar, known as Fairview Bungalow, was given to Mehbooba’s father, former chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, in 2005.
The house was formerly a PAPA-II interrogation facility and housed official guests up until 1989. In 1990, the Border Security Force (BSF) took control of it.