Delhi: The Delhi High Court stayed an eviction discover served to Kathak exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj from the Central Government asking him to vacate the federal government lodging allotted to him.
A trip bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru issued discover and sought response of the Centre on a plea by the famend Kathak artist difficult the federal government’s choice of canceling allotment of his lodging and asking him to vacate by December 31.
“In view of the above, the impugned notice dated October 9, 2020, is stayed till the next date of hearing,” the excessive court docket stated in its order handed on Wednesday and made accessible on Thursday.
The excessive court docket pinned the matter with the same petition by Padma Shri awardee Mohiniyattam dancer Bharati Shivaji, who was additionally served with an eviction discover for additional listening to on January 22.
The court docket order famous that petitioner Birju Maharaj is a famend Kathak artist and was allotted a authorities lodging on account of his accomplishments and by advantage of the impugned notices, he has been communicated that the allotment stands canceled and he has been requested to vacate the premises by December 31.
Birju Maharaj’s counsel, Akhil Sibal submitted related notices to the court docket to different outstanding personalities who had been allotted authorities lodging and are the subject material of petitions filed earlier than this court docket and referred to a High Court order handed on December 23, in the same eviction discover served to Bharti Shivaji.
In October earlier this 12 months, greater than 27 eminent personalities together with artists, dancers, and musicians had been despatched notices by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, to vacate their authorities allotted lodging throughout Delhi by December 31, “failing which eviction proceeding will be initiated as per Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act”.
Other outstanding personalities who’ve been despatched these notices are artist Jatin Das, Pt Bhajan Sopori, Pt Birju Maharaj, Rita Ganguly, Dhrupad singer Ustad F Wasifuddin Dagar, Kathak knowledgeable Geetanjali Lal and Kuchipudi dancer Guru Jayarama Rao.