Theft of Qur'an: HC seeks status

Theft of Qur'an: HC seeks status

In September 2015, the High Court had handed over the case related to theft of the Holy Qur’an and other artifacts of historical importance for probe to CBI after Crime Branch failed to solve the case.

The High Court on Wednesday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation to inform it about the status of probe on theft of a Holy Qur’an handwritten by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb from Sri Pratap Singh Museum here in 2003.

Hearing a Public Interest Litigation, a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey directed assistant solicitor general of India, Tahir Shamsi, to file status report in this regard within two weeks.

In September 2015, the High Court had handed over the case related to theft of the Holy Qur’an and other artifacts of historical importance for probe to CBI after Crime Branch failed to solve the case.

In another matter, ASGI Shamsi told the court that a suit titled Fala-e-Aam Intizamia Committee and Others vs Union of India and Others is pending before the Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Srinagar and the court has passed a status quo with regard to taking over the monuments at Burzuhama.

“The order is creating a hindrance in preservation activity of the property,” Shamsi told the court. Following the submission, the court ordered that the case file be called from the CJM Court by the next date of hearing.

The High Court directed the state government through its senior additional advocate general B A Dar to come up with suggestions for better management of monuments in Kashmir, seeking status report in this regard.

The court took on record the status report submitted by director archeological department regarding the cataloging of gold coins in SPS Museum. According to the report the cataloging of the coins has been completed.

The court also asked the state counsel to file status report with regard to heritage buildings like Jalali Haweli and maintenance of the heritage property.

The PIL, filed in 2008 by a Srinagar based social organisation Valley Citizens Council, seeks protection and conservation of artifacts, monuments and excavation sites in Kashmir besides directions to find the manuscript of an Aurangzeb-era copy of the Holy Quran which was stolen along other prized articles from the museum in 2003.