Srinagar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has achieved “some breakthrough” into the case involving theft of Aurangzeb-era copy of the Holy Quran from Shri Pratap Singh (SPS) Museum here in 2003.
On September 22 last year, the High Court had handed over the case related to theft of holy Quran handwritten by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and other artifacts of historical importance from SPS museum for probe to CBI. The investigation of the case was handed over to CBI in the month of September by the court with the observation that the Crime Branch Kashmir has failed to solve the case.
FIR No. 106/2003 was registered in the concerned police station in the same year when the manuscript was stolen from the museum. Court has already exuded hope that CBI would take the case to its logical conclusion.
As hearing of a Public Interest started before a division bench of Chief Justice Badar Durez Ahmad and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey, counsel for the CBI, Tahir Majid Shamsi, informed the court that “some breakthrough” has taken place in the investigation of theft of the 400-year-old manuscript of Holy Quran. He also sought further time for reaching to conclusion in the case.
Meanwhile, assistant Director Archaeology, Archives and Museums J&K Mushtaq Ahmad Beigh was directed by the court to provide the information of archaeological sites through Power Point Presentation on next of hearing in the PIL.
Shamsi, who is assistant solicitor general of India, was meanwhile directed by the court to provide the information on national monumental sites in the state. The court has also been provided the book of old antique coins which are in thousands for perusal.
The PIL was filed in 2008 by a Srinagar based social organisation, Valley Citizen’s Council.
The petition seeks directions for the protection and conservation of artifacts, monuments and excavation sites in Kashmir besides directions to find the manuscript of the Quran and other prized articles.