SC refuses to supervise treasure hunt in Unnao

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SummarySharma’s PIL sought directions for ensuring proper arrangements for safety and protection were made at the site.

The Supreme Court Monday refused to supervise the ongoing ASI treasure hunt in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, noting that it did not have to interfere into all “sensational” matters only on the basis of assumptions.

A Bench of Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi, however, agreed to keep the PIL pending after the petitioner requested for not dismissing it straightaway and wait for the time till ASI’s excavation gets over.

“Do we have to entertain all sensational matters? Tell us when a court should interfere. It is not as if the government is not aware of the situation. We cannot pass orders on the basis of certain assumptions. This is not the stage,” the Bench told advocate M L Sharma.

“If 1,000 tonnes of gold is found, everyone will be happy. But do we have to go by a presumption when a scientific body is already looking into it? You may approach any other appropriate authority if you want certain specific directions on the manner it should happen but we cannot do anything at this stage,” the court added.

At this, Sharma pleaded that his petition be simply kept pending and he would press for reviving it as and when suitable time comes. The court accepted his request. Sharma’s PIL sought directions for ensuring proper arrangements for safety and protection were made at the site so that any hidden treasure should not get into wrong hands.

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