Ban on demolishing the heritage building of Jorasanko campus, allegation of construction of Trinamool office


The work of demolishing the heritage building of Jorasanko campus of Rabindra Bharati University will remain suspended for the time being. The Calcutta High Court gave such an order to the state on Monday. A division bench of Chief Justice Prakash Srivastava and Justice Rajarshi Bharadwaj said that if any such action is taken even after this directive, then the state will be held accountable. On Monday, the bench ordered that all construction work at the birth place of Rabindranath should be stopped immediately. The court also asked the state to submit a report in the form of an affidavit.Allegations are being made that construction work is being carried out by demolishing the unused house of the heritage recognized building in Jorasanko. A person named Swadesh Majumdar filed a public interest case in Calcutta High Court regarding this. Petitioner’s lawyer Sreejeev Chakraborty alleged that Jorasanko Bhavan is ‘Grade One Heritage’. It is alleged that two houses of that building are being demolished.

Sreejeev also claimed that the office of an organization called ‘Shikshabandhu Samiti’ of the ruling party Trinamool of the state has been set up in the room where Rabindranath Tagore and Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay met for the first time. It is also alleged that pictures of Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee have been hanged after removing Rabindranath’s picture. However, it was not possible to get any response from the association. The next hearing of this case is on November 21.

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