HC pulls up govt for lackadaisical approach on heritage, monuments

HC pulls up govt for lackadaisical approach on heritage, monuments
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Srinagar: The high court on Monday directed the state government to retrieve the copy of holy Quran from the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s era that was stolen from the department of Archives, Srinagar way back in 2003.
The Quran, calligraphed by the emperor was written using the ink blended with gold and saffron. The stolen Quran was also having personal stamp of the Mughal King who ruled India for 49 years. The rare copy of the Quran was stolen from Srinagar SPS Museum in September 2003.
Pertinently an FIR no.106/13 was lodged at Rajbagh Police station. But after three years the case was taken with CBI but the investigating agency refuted to investigate the matter. However, J&K high court on a PIL filed by Srinagar Based social organization Valley Citizen’s Council, directed the state crime branch to investigate the matter.
But unfortunately there has been no breakthrough in the case. Tahir Majid Shamsi, The counsel for state informed the court that no breakthrough has been made in the case. However, investigation is still going on and case has not been closed.
The court directed the government to file the list of excavation sites and heritage in Jammu and Kashmir with photographs on next date of hearing.
The division bench headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey said “Insofar as the list of state protected monuments of Kashmir is concerned, a list has been provided along with some photographs. However, we require that the list should also be included and abstract with regard to each of the monuments/excavations sites and photographs”, the bench said.
B A Dar, senior Counsel also appearing for the state is directed to arrange a presentation with map representations indicating each of the locations of the excavation sites/monuments on next hearing.
The court also directed state to come up with progress report on coins printed on catalogue.
“Insofar the documentation of the coins are concerned, we are informed that out of the 70,899 coins, the 24000 coins have completely printed on the catalogue,” the court said.


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