Nobel Laureate Economist Amartya Sen Asks Visva-Bharati To Withdraw False Allegation That He Is Illegally Holding Land

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Amartya Sen Asks Visva-Bharati To Withdraw 'False Allegations' That He Is Illegally Holding Land

The land on which home stands is on a long-term lease, which is nowhere close to its expiry: Amartya Sen

Kolkata:

Nobel laureate economist Amartya Sen on Monday wrote to Visva-Bharati college demanding that it withdraws the allegation that his household is in “unlawful” possession of land in its Santiniketan campus and alleged that the accusations are a crude try at harassment.

Mr Sen wrote the letter to Visva-Bharati Vice-Chancellor Prof Bidyut Chakraborty two days after the authorities of the central college requested the West Bengal authorities to measure the plot owned by him at Santiniketan as quickly as doable to completely resolve the dispute.

The famous economist stated within the letter that his father had bought free-hold land from the market and never from Visva-Bharati – so as to add to their homestead and he has been paying taxes for them.

He had additionally despatched a authorized discover earlier this 12 months to the Vice-Chancellor asking him to withdraw instantly your false allegation made to the information companies {that a} plot of land owned by Visva-Bharati is unlawfully occupied by me.

Whereas the college was not in a position to present any justification for the allegation, it has requested the West Bengal authorities “to measure the world of our homestead, Pratichi, to check with the long run lease of land taken by my father in 1940 from Visva-Bharati,” Mr Sen stated within the letter.

“This sudden abuse of an 80-year-old doc is clearly a crude try at harassment or worse,” he stated. “Amongst different errors it ignores the large reality, which I’ve acknowledged many instances (even within the context of this dispute), {that a} substantial quantity of free-hold land was bought by my father (available in the market — not from Visva-Bharati) so as to add to our homestead on which khajna and Panchayat taxes are paid by me yearly,” the letter stated.

Therefore the officiating registrar’s risk of authorized motion in opposition to him if the official discovers any extra land past the leased land appears massively mischievous, Mr Sen stated.

Stating that he’s bored with the VC’s repeated claims regardless of emphatic denials on his half about his telephone name to Mr Chakraborty in 2019, Sen stated that the VC insisted that the decision was made both on June 2 or June 14.

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“On being knowledgeable that I used to be overseas for the complete month of June 2019 and got here again to India solely in July, the story was promptly altered by the V.C’s workplace to say that I had referred to as in June or July however stated the identical issues,” the letter stated.

“Fairly than inventing new falsities and including to their culpability, Visva-Bharati ought to withdraw the false allegations made by them, as my lawyer has requested,” Mr Sen stated.

An argument had erupted on December 24 final 12 months, the day Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the centenary celebrations of Visva-Bharati, when media reported that the college has written to the West Bengal authorities alleging dozens of land parcels owned by it have been wrongfully recorded within the names of personal events together with Mr Sen.

Amartya Sen, who now lives within the USA, has stated that the land, on which his home stands is on a long-term lease, which is nowhere close to its expiry.

Stating that the Visva-Bharati authorities had by no means complained to him or his household about any irregularity in holding the land, Mr Sen has accused the VC of performing on the behest of the Centre “with its rising management over Bengal”.

Visva-Bharati officers weren’t accessible for touch upon the letter. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and a number of other distinguished intellectuals of the state have expressed help to the economist on the row.

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