The Supreme Court on Friday expressed concern over the lethargy of probe agencies in investigating and nailing culprits who smuggle priceless artefacts of great significance to Indian heritage out of the country and which regularly feature in the brochures of international auction houses.
The remark assumes significance in the wake of a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on Indian Museum, which was submitted to the court by the petitioner, indicating that there were grave issues relating to purchase and acquisition of antiques
These reaching auction houses like Sotheby’s and Christie’s.
As citizens of this country we share the concern that our country’s prized possessions are found in London and elsewhere.
Union of India should also be concerned.
The bench said an officer of inspector general rank needed to supervise the ongoing investigations by West Bengal Police into the disappearance of the museum officer.
When state’s counsel ruled out foul play and indicated that Upadhyay could have gone missing as he was depressed after being overlooked for promotion, the bench said:It is a very fine submission by the state but we do not know where the truth lies.
The bench asked petitioner’s lawyer and senior advocate Dushyant Dave to suggest by next week name of a police officer for supervising the investigation.