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Indian Army’s refusal to vacate land angers IOK court

Srinagar, April 13, 2016 (PPI-OT):In occupied Kashmir, the High Court while reacting over the flouting of its order by Indian Army regarding vacation of occupation land and residential houses has asked the authorities concerned to file reply within two weeks to explain why court’s orders were not implemented. The court issued the order on a contempt petition filed by Ghulam Nabi Reshi regarding Indian Army’s refusal to obey the court’s verdict about vacating the occupation of land and residential houses in Buthoo are of Bandipora district.

The court asked Financial Commissioner for Home Department of the occupied territory, Director Estates and District Magistrate Bandipora to file a reply within two weeks time and explain why court orders were not implemented in letter and spirit. Petitioner Ghulam Nabi Reshi had filed a petition through his counsel, Advocate Bashir Ahmed Tak, that the Army in 2006 occupied their four residential houses and orchard land comprising 23 kanals and 7 marlas.

In 2015, the high court had directed Financial Commissioner Home and District Magistrate Bandipora to get the occupation by Army vacated; however, even after the expiry of one year, the court order was not implemented on ground.

Advocate Bashir Ahmed Tak filed contempt petition drawing attention of the court towards the matter. Justice Muzaffar Hussain Athar maintained that court orders had been violated and he directed Financial Commissioner Home, R.K. Goyal, Director Estates Kashmir, K. Goyal and District Magistrate Bandipora, Sajjad Ahmed Ganai, to explain their position within two weeks time. The court further directed the authorities to pay the rent to the owners of the land and residential houses under revised scale.

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