|Accommodation to ex-Legislator, Minister|
|DB directs maintenance of status quo |
Early Times Report
Jammu, Mar 19: Division Bench of J&K High Court comprising Justice Janak Raj Kotwal & Justice Sanjeev Kumar, after hearing Advocates Ajay Sharma & D. S. Chauhan, appearing for the appellant and Jahangir Iqbal Ganai, Advocate General with Ahthsam Bhat, GA ordered maintenance of status quo with regard to Govt. Quarter No. 17-A, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu, till next date before the Bench on 22.03.2018 and further directed the Advocate General to produce the record on the next date.
Ajay Kumar Sadhotra, former minister and Member Legislative Council had challenged the Judgment of Single Bench of J&K High Court on the ground that the Estates Officer, without adhering to the provisions of Section 4 of the J&K Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1988 issued eviction notice dated 01.04.2016 in an arbitrary and illegal manner.
The contention raised by the appellant in Para No. 7 of the Supplementary Affidavit that the ex-Legislators, Ministers, Member Parliaments of the Ruling dispensation have been allowed to retain the Government accommodation, whereas, the appellant has been subjected to hostile discrimination.
The appellant was allotted the Government accommodation not only because of his status as former Legislator/Minister but also because of having faced recurring threat perception and his being falling under the category of 'protected person.'.