Government asks Mehbooba to leave Gupkar guesthouse and offers alternative accommodation on ‘request’

Srinagar: The government has asked the leader of the PDP and former chief minister of the former J&K state, Mehbooba Mufti, to leave Fair View Guest House on Gupkar Road here.

Mehbooba, who led the PDP-BJP coalition government before the saffron party withdrew its support, was offered alternative accommodation if she “ask” for “security or any other reason”.

The notice sent to Mehbooba on October 15 this year was issued under subsection 1 of section 4 of the Public Premises of Jammu and Kashmir Act 1988 (eviction of unauthorized occupier ), read with the Amendment Act 2016, the official sources said.

The guesthouse was declared a ‘sub-prison’ when Mehbooba Mufti was moved from the Transport Yard building here as it remained booked under the Public Security Act (PSA) following the dismissal of section 370.

Incidentally, until 1989 the building was used as an official guest house and known as Fairview Guest House. Later it was taken over by the Border Security Forces in 1990 and the paramilitaries named it Papa-2. Later in 1996, Ashok Jaitlay, then the former Chief State Secretary, moved in and used it as his residence. In 2003, it was renovated and served as the residence of former PDP leader and then Finance Minister Muzaffer Hussain Baig.

Since 2005, it has served as the residence of the late former Chief Minister and Home Minister of India, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and his daughter Mehbooba.

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