On Thursday, the Calcutta High Court issued a temporary restraining order to prevent Visva Bharati from seizing a portion of Nobel laureate Amartya Sen’s property, Pratichi, in Shantiniketan.
Despite having an appeal for a stay on possible eviction set for hearing on May 15, 2023 at a court in Suri in the Birbhum district of West Bengal, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen moved the Calcutta High Court seeking relief because the university had passed an order directing the petitioner to vacate 0.13 acres (5,500 sq ft) of land at his ancestral Santiniketan residence by May 6.
The central university threatened to evict Sen, an economist, from the property it claims is under his “illegal occupation” if he did not leave by a certain date. Justice Bibhas Ranjan De presided over the High Court bench that heard the case. It issued a temporary restraining order until the outcome of the case before a lower court in the Birbhum district.