Theft of Quran handwritten by Emperor Aurangzeb: HC asks CBI to file report

Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 15 2017 12:49AM | Updated Date: Dec 15 2017 12:49AM

The High Court on Thursday directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to inform it about the status of investigation about the theft of a Holy Quran handwritten by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb from Sri Pratap Singh Museum here in 2003.

A division bench of Justice Muhammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Muhammad Magrey sought the updated status report from the CBI after it observed that the report with regard to investigation of the case had not been filed. 

While Assistant Solicitor General of India (ASGI) Tahir Majid Shamsi representing CBI submitted that the updated status report will be filed on next date as the investigating agency was not able to make substantial progress in reaching to any positive conclusion so far, the court asked the ASGI to file the updated status report four days prior to next date of hearing. 

In 2008 a Srinagar based social organization, Valley Citizens Council, filed a Public Interest Litigation in High Court which seeks directions for protection and conservation of artifacts, monuments and excavation sites in Kashmir as well a probe in theft of manuscript of an Aurangzeb-era copy of the Holy Quran which was stolen along other prized articles from the museum in 2003.

In September 2015, the High Court had handed over the case related to theft of the Holy Quran and other artifacts of historical importance for probe to CBI after Crime Branch failed to solve the case.

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