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Govt seeks to prevent future sale of Gandhi items

india Updated: Mar 08, 2009 13:46 IST

With an aim of preventing auction of items belonging to Mahatma Gandhi in future, government is finalising plans to move courts abroad.

"We are planning to obtain advance injunctions in foreign countries against possible sale or auction of Gandhi items in future on the grounds that each such item legally belonged to the Navjivan Trust, as per Gandhiji's own will," a senior Culture Ministry official said.

Advance injunctions would be obtained in those countries which have major auction centres.

"We want to pre-empt any auction of Gandhi items in the future by making it known that selling or buying these heritage articles is illegal. According to our plan, we will move courts in the US, UK, Germany and France first," the official said.

Culture Ministry is preparing the draft in close coordination with the ministries of law and external affairs.

"We are in the process of finalising the draft and once it is finalised government will move courts abroad," the official said.

Five Gandhi items -- metal-rimmed spectacle, a Zenith pocket watch, a brass plate and a bowl and sandals -- were auctioned off by Antiquorum Auctioneers in New York on March 5 despite the government's attempt to stall the auction.