The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday handed over the case related to theft of holy Quran handwritten by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and other artifacts of historical importance from S P S museum for probe to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The direction came after Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Syed Javed Mujtaba, told the court that CBI is the only agency which can properly and effectively investigate the case. He submitted that the agency has technical manpower, expertise and resources to conduct the investigation in such type of cases.
Mujtaba, who appeared following a previous court order, admitted that investigation of the case has not been carried out in proper manner by police. Crime Branch of Police had closed the case as untraced and filed its closure report before a court here.
"In view of the suggestions made by IGP Kashmir and for our recorded reasons and the case being of great public importance, we direct the investigation in FIR no 106/2003 u/s 454, 380 RPC shall stand transferred to CBI and the CBI shall conduct investigation of the case," a division bench of Justice M H Attar and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey said in its order.
"We are further satisfied that proper and effective investigation will certainly result in tracing of the manuscript of Holy Quran as also identification of culprits. The investigation by the CBI will further deter the criminals to have an evil eye on the artifacts lodged in SPS museum".
Meanwhile, the court directed director archives, Archaeological Kashmir to file by next date of hearing status report in terms of order of December 8, 2014.