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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 Monday sought latest status report in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Valley Citizen’s Council for the protection and conservation of artifacts, monuments and excavation sites in Kashmir besides directions to find the manuscript of the Quran, before the next date of hearing.
The DB observed that Tahir Majid Shamsi, Assistant Solicitor General of India has submitted that no breakthrough has been made in the CBI investigation however, the matter is still under investigation and has not been closed. He also requested for some time to provide the list of excavation sites in Jammu and Kashmir and the heritage monuments would also be indicated in that list which will be supplemented with photographs.
The DB further observed that insofar as the list of State protected monuments of Kashmir Division is concerned, a list has been provided along with some photographs. However, we require that the list should also include an abstract with regard to each of the monuments/ excavation sites and further photographs, it observed.
It was further observed that B.A Dar, the Senior AAG, appearing for the State has informed that on the next date of hearing a presentation could also be arranged. A map shall also be given, indicating the location of each of the sites.
Division Bench further observed that insofar as the documentation of the coins are concerned it has been informed that out of the 70,899 coins, the catalogue in respect of approximately 24,000 coins has been completed and printing of the catalogue for the left over coins is under process”. “Further progress shall be reported before the next date of hearing, the DB observed quoting respondents.
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