The Delhi High Court has issued notices to the Centre and the Archaelogical Survey of India (ASI) on a PIL which complained that 35 centrally protected monuments located in different parts of the country have either disappeared or have been encroached upon.
They said protected monuments which have "disappeared" include guns of Emperor Sher Sha at Na-sadia, Tinsukia (Assam); rock carving of Sitala, Narada, Brahma and Radha Krishna at Basohli, Kathura (Jammu & Kashmir) and Lal Gumbad (Delhi).
According to the petition filed by one Sri Chand Jain through counsels Sugriva Dubey and Namita Roy as many as 35 such historically relevant and protected monuments have either completely disappeared or have been encroached upon due to vested interests with the ASI authorities turning a blind eye to the goings.
A Division Bench headed by Acting Chief Justice Vijender Jain granted four weeks time to the Union Government and the ASI to file their replies on the matter and posted the matter for further hearing to November 24.
The petitioner cited a statement, which he claimed was made by the Tourism and Culture Minister Ambika Soni in Parliament, about the disappearance of 35 centrally protected monuments/sites to substantiate his charge that the ASI and the Government failed to protect the historical places from vested interests.
Sri Chand Jain had earlier filed a similar petition alleging that over 157 historical places within the capital have disappeared without a trace as they have either been vandalised or encroached upon by the local people with the help of mafia elements.