Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Monday directed state government’s archaeology department to catalogue bronze, silver and gold coins without further delay.
The court directed Director Archives, Archaeology and Museum to authenticate the catalogue and submit two stamped copies with the by March 19.
The division bench of Justice Ramalingam Sudhakar and Justice MK Hanjura while the hearing the PIL (Valley Citizens Council Vs state and Archaeology department) remarked that artifacts and historical manuscripts/monuments are to be preserved at any cost.
“Whenever people visit any part of the world, they look at their museums so that they can find how these people have lived and are preserving their past,” Justice Sudhakar said.
The court also observed that staff and infrastructure at the Archaeology department needs to be strengthened for better management of excavation sites and monuments.
The state counsel B A Dar told the court that the staff and infrastructural facilities have been created to large extent and deficiencies would be looked into as per court orders passed from time to time.
On previous hearing court had sought information from Archaeological Survey of India about the investigation into the theft of Quran written by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb stolen from the department of Archives, Srinagar in 2003.
The Quran was written using ink blended with gold and saffron. It carried a personal stamp of the Mughal King who ruled India for 49 years.