A renowned sculptor and Padma Shri awardee, who was roped in by previous state government for making statues of former chief minister Mayawati and others, is now fighting a legal battle to save his residence-cum-studio in Shahpur Jat village here.
The artist Ram V Sutar has moved the Allahabad high court challenging the Noida authority’s claim on the land on which the artist has set up his studio.
Sutar was conferred Padma award in 1999 for his craftsmanship in carving statutes of Mahatma Gandhi and others. Sutar’s firm was roped in by the BSP-led government for making statues of Mayawati and Dalit icons at various places in the state.
Sutar moved court after the Samajwadi Party-led government in March this year rejected his plea seeking exemption of his property from the authority’s acquisition plan.
The Noida authority says that it has acquired the land in 2008, but according to the artist, the studio has been set up on an abadi land which he bought from a farmer in 1997.
The high court has stayed the demolition till the next hearing on July 23. “The authority by invoking urgency clause wants to displace us and sell the land to some private builders. Our case is similar to those farmers whose land has been acquired under urgency clause,” said the sculptor’s son Anil Sutar who is also an architect-sculptor.
Authority’s counsel had told the court that possession of the land has been taken on March10, 2008. But Sutar said he has never sold the plot. “We have not got any compensation and have not handed physical possession of the land to anyone. How can the authority claim possession on it,” Sutar said, adding that the land is registered in the name of four persons including his father and mother.