HC directs CBI to file probe status by Dec 26
The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to inform it about the status of probe into theft of four hundred year old manuscript of holy Quran that went missing from SPS museum in 2003 here. The CBI has already taken over the investigation of the case relating to theft of artifacts including the holy Quran having seal of Emperor Aurangzeb.
Hearing a Public Interest Litigation titled Valley Citizens Council versus state & others, a division bench of Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice B S Walia ordered the CBI to file the status report of about the probe by December 26.
Moreover, the court directed the government to provide necessary logistic support to the CBI to carry out probe into theft of four hundred year old manuscript of the holy Quran.
“The CS shall consider the request of CBI and provide necessary logistic support to enable the said authority to conclude the investigation of the case at the earliest,” the bench said.
In its compliance report, the CBI through its Inspector General has stated that in pursuance to the court directions, the agency on October 27 has registered the case and took it up for investigation.
The probe agency submitted that for a speedy investigation, the chief secretary of the state be directed to provide suitable accommodation comprising three rooms with further logistic support– two vehicles, appropriate security and manpower including one officer from Crime Branch Srinagar, who would be well conversant with the case as well as Dogri and Urdu language.
The Court asked Additional Advocate General B A Dar to file status report in this regard by next date of hearing.
On September 22, this year, High Court had 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 CBI
The investigation of the case was handed over to CBI in the month of September by the Court with the observation that the Crime Branch Kashmir has failed to solve the case.
FIR No. 106/2003 was registered in the concerned police station in the same year when the manuscript was stolen from the museum. The Court has already put hope on CBI for conclusion of the investigation within reasonable time and satisfied that CBI is alone to investigate the matter efficiently and appropriately.