Srinagar: The Central Bureau of investigation (CBI) Monday told the J&K High Court that it has “no clue” on the theft of a Quran-written by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb -from the department of Archives and Archaeology, Srinagar in 2003.
Assistant Solicitor General, Tahir Majid Shamsi informed the court that the investigation is in process, “but for now we have no clue of the theft”. Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Dhiraj Singh Thakur told the CBI counsel to give a timeline of the investigation process, and granted it four weeks time to file updated status of investigation report into the theft of historical Quran.
Meanwhile, court also directed director Archives and Archaeology to authenticate the catalogue submitted be them. Hearing a PIL by Valley Citizens Council, the court remarked that artifacts and historical manuscripts/monuments are to be preserved at any cost. The court also observed that staff and infrastructure at the Archaeology department needs to be strengthened for better management of excavation sites and monuments.