Respond to PIL on heritage protection, J&K HC to government

Jammu and Kashmir High court has given two more weeks time to the state and Central governments and other respondents to show their response to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on protection and conservation of artifacts monuments and excavation sites.As the PIL came up for discussion today in the Division Bench of the High Court comprising Chief Justice K S Radhikrishnan and Justice Mohmmad Yaqub Mir, the Advocate General and Additional Advocate general requested for two more weeks to show their response to the PIL.The court agreed to grant two weeks time to them for filing their response.A petition seeking appropriate directions for the protection and conservation of artifacts monuments and excavation sites in the state was filed by Valley Citizen Council (VCC) general secretary Imdad Saqi through a team of counsels including Touseef Ahmad Khan, Adil Mushtaq Banday and Tufail Qadri.Besides Jammu and Kashmir and Central governments, the petitioner had made respondents Archeological Survey of India, Archeological department, Srinagar, Language, J&K Art and Cultural Academy and department Archeology and Archives, University of Kashmir.Mr Saqi said about a century old SPS museum was in such pathetic condition that the artifacts it houses can hardly survive the threats of time.He further said the treasure hunters and robbers plunder the museum whenever a chance comes their way and the articles which were away from their evil eyes had now fallen prey to rust and decay.The petition said museum houses some exceptionally rare Hindu sculptures from second to seventh century, and added the canons of Dogra period were subjected to weathering by scattering them in the museum garden without any protection.The other such archeological finds include a fourth century bronze frame depicting all incarnations of Lord Vishnu, a massive fourth century Shivalingam and numerous old coins and weaponry.The petition further said the present negligent scenario was the treatment that was being done by the archeological excavations and artifacts of Kashmiri’s rich heritage and alleged that 84 rare coins went missing from the SPS museum.UNI
5/27/2008
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