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HC seeks inventory of artefacts, status of CCTVs in SPS museum
5/19/2017 11:22:48 PM
Early Times Report
Srinagar, May 19: The state high court has directed government to submit a copy of inventory along with photographs of artefacts kept in the new building of Shri Pratap Singh (SPS) museum at Lal Mandi here.
"A status report be filed indicating clearly whether the inventory of all the artefacts in the museum has been prepared along with photographs or not, and if not, it shall be done immediately. If such an inventory with photographs has been prepared, its copy be shown to this court and another copy be filed in a sealed cover which shall be retained by this court," said a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice A M Magrey while hearing a PIL.
"The status report shall clearly indicate whether proper security is in place to ensure that no pilferage or theft of valuable artefacts takes place from the museum," the bench said.
"The status report shall also indicate as to whether CCTV cameras have been installed and whether they are operational. The status report shall also indicate the various excavation sites in Kashmir and their status. A list of heritage monuments shall also be provided," the court said and posted the PIL on June 7, 2017.
The court directive came in a PIL, seeking directions for the protection and conservation of artefacts, monuments and excavation sites in Kashmir, besides directions to find the manuscript of Quran and other prized articles.
The PIL states that the archaeological excavations and arefacts of Kashmiri's rich heritage have been neglected and alleged that a number of rare manuscripts and coins have gone missing from the SPS museum.
Meanwhile, the court has appointed advocate R A Jan as amicus curie in the PIL and directed its registry to provide a complete set of the order sheet and other papers pertaining to the case to him within a week.
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