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Delhi High Court Stays Eviction Notice To Noted Kathak Artist Pandit Birju Maharaj

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has stayed the eviction notice issued to Kathak exponent Pandit Birju Maharaj by the Centre asking him to vacate the government accommodation allotted to him.
“In view of the above, the impugned notice dated October 9, 2020, is stayed till the next date of hearing,” the high court stated in its order on passed on Wednesday.
A vacation bench of Justice Vibhu Bakhru issued notice and sought response of the Centre on a plea filed by the Kathak artist challenging the government’s decision to cancel the allotment of his accommodation.
The Centre had asking him to vacate his accomodation by December 31, 2020.
The high court listed the matter for further hearing on January 22.
Birju Maharaj is a renowned Kathak artist and was allotted a government accommodation on account of his accomplishments and by virtue of the impugned notices, the court noted.
It is to be noted that 27 eminent personalities including Padma Shri awardees have been asked to vacate the flats allotted to them by the government in Lutyens’ and South Delhi by December 31, 2020.
The 27 artists included Pandit Birju Maharaj, Jatin Das, Jayarama Rao, Bharati Shivaji, Kamalini Asthana, Kanaka Srinavasana and several other high profile artists. Most of them belong to the age group of 50 to 90.

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