District Judge Amar Nath dismissed Payal's plea to quash the eviction notice issued on June 30 by the Estate Officer of the Jammu and Kashmir government for vacating bungalow No.7 on the Akbar Road. In her plea, Payal pointed out that the eviction notice was not sent by the Ministry of Urban Development, which had originally allotted the accommodation to her husband.

However, her plea in the Delhi High Court to retain the residence or get an alternate government accommodation on security grounds was adjourned to August 19.The Centre and the state of Jammu and Kashmir had earlier told the high court that government accommodation was only provided to SPG protectees, to which Payal claimed parity with Subramanian Swamy, KPS Gill and others, who have Z and Z plus security cover, and had been granted government accommodation. In her plea in the high court, Payal has contended that the Centre's letter of September 2015 by which the bungalow was allotted for official use of the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, was "a manipulative document" as it put the premises under the state's disposal with effect from a retrospective date six years prior.

Omar Abdullah continued as a Union minister till December 23, 2002, when he resigned. Later, he became the Jammu and Kashmkir Chief Minister in January 2009 and remained so till December 2014, when his party was voted out of power in the Assembly elections.

(With agency inputs)

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