Provide logistic support to CBI probing theft of 400-yr-old manuscript of Quran


Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has directed state government to provide necessary logistic support to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing theft of four hundred year old manuscript of holy Quran.

The holy Quran having seal of Emperor Aurangzeb went missing alongwith other artifacts from Sri Partap Singh (SPS) Museum here in the year 2003.

However, after the local police and Crime Branch failed to achieve any breakthrough a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed by Valley Citizen  Council (VCC) through General secretary Imdad Saqi, seeking directions to state government to bring back all artifacts missing or gifted to other states from SPS museum.

Hearing the PIL a division bench of the HC comprising Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar and Justice B S Walia 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 CBI has registered a case on October 27 this year after HC handed over the case to premier investigation agency September 22 after Crime Branch has failed to reach to any conclusion.

However, the CBI through Inspector General (IG) submitted that for a speedy investigation, the chief secretary of the state be directed to provide suitable accommodation comprising three rooms besides other logistic support, including 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 directed Chief Secretary tol consider the request of CBI and provide necessary logistic support to enable probing agency to conclude the investigation of the case at the earliest.

The bench also directed CBI to inform the court about the status of probe into theft of       holy Quran by December 26.

The court asked Additional Advocate General B A Dar to file status report in this regard by next date of hearing.

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