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SRINAGAR: A Division Bench (DB) of State High Court comprising Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey on Thursday sought updated status report with regard to the CBI investigation.
The court direction came in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Valley Citizen’s Council, seeking directions for the protection and conservation of artifacts, monuments and excavation sites in Kashmir besides directions to find the manuscript of the Quran.
The Division Bench observed that pursuant to the previous order dated September 20, 2017, Advocate Dar has submitted a status report dated October 9, 2017. As per the status report, the department of Archives, Archaeology and Museums, J&K, Srinagar, (Archaeology Wing), requires skilled as well as un-skilled staff in addition to the existing staff for better maintenance of excavation sites and monuments, considering the number of monuments and sites, which are spread over hundreds of kanals of land in different places. As per the said report, the requirement of staff has been summarized at page six of the status report which indicates that the total staff required would be of 236 personnel as against the existing staff of only 25 personnel. Dar has informed this Court that the department would send the proposal to the Government within a week. We expect that the Government shall expedite the consideration of the proposal which is to be submitted by the department because there is dire need of proper maintenance of monuments and the excavation sites.
The DB further observed that Advocate Shamsi, appearing for the Archaeological Survey of India has submitted that a response would be submitted as early as possible. He has also assured the Court that the ASI shall give all possible assistance to the department in Jammu and Kashmir.
Division Bench further observed that with regard to declaration of ‘Jalali Haveli’ as a heritage building, it has been indicated that the same can be done after on the spot inspection by the experts. “Dar has informed us that the inspection can be carried out within a week, however, this would be subject to informing the owners through Syed Manzoor, Advocate”, court observed.
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