Height of insensitivity: Eviction notice even before Yeshwant Deo’s family returns from cremation

Mumbai: In times of death, people usually refrain from taking extreme measures,  but such is not the case with everyone and evidently this was not so in the case of the landlord of Vandan building, where musician Yeshwant Deo used to reside. The building at Shivaji Park, a prime location, is owned by the Chowdhari family. Dilip Chowdhari, the owner, issued a ‘Notice’ stating, “Flat in which late Yeshwant Deo was residing is now in control and possession of landlords of Vandan building, the Chowdharis.

Entry into the flat is prohibited.”Friends and family members of Deo are upset at the insensitivity shown by the Chowdhari family. They stated that an eviction notice was pasted on their door even before the family had returned from the crematorium. This incident has upset the Marathi music fraternity worldwide, as many still remember visiting this house for the love of music and Deo.

The Deos have been living in this house for 75 years. The house was purchased on pagdi (old tenancy system) by Deo’s wife
before marriage and they both lived here ever afterwards. Along with the Deos, his brother’s son Dnyanesh and his family, too, have been staying here. The landlord didn’t even take Dnyanesh or his family into consultation before pasting the eviction notice.

Speaking to the Free Press Journal, Dnyanesh, the nephew, said that it has been a rude shock. “Just today we immersed my uncle’s ashes and I really don’t know how they could be so insensitive. The wordings of this notice itself are unbelievable. We are yet to recover from kaka’s death, and are in mourning, and they’ve gone ahead and done this,” he said.Pagdi is an old tenancy system, which is prevalent in south and central Mumbai. According to senior advocate Anil Sakhare, the law does not permit a landowner to take over possession of the plot in such a manner.

“If Deo has any legal heir like his wife or any other relative, then the landlord cannot paste any such notice. And, even otherwise, if there is no heir, then too the landlord cannot take over possession in this manner. He has to take possession only through the court,” said Sakhare, who often appears for BMC.Despite several calls and messages, there was no response from Dilip.Deo died on October 30, after a prolonged illness, two days before his birthday.


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