New Delhi, Oct 18 (PTI & Reuters): The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a public interest litigation urging the court to monitor the Archaeological Survey of India’s hunt for buried gold in an Uttar Pradesh village that began today.
But a bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam refused to give the PIL an urgent hearing and asked the petitioner to remove the defects in the petition, which would be taken up for hearing next week.
Advocate ML Sharma filed the petition, submitting that the court should monitor the excavation or else any gold unearthed could “vanish”.
The bench, however, said that the state government is there to take care of the process and agreed to hear the PIL only after the defects are removed in the petition.
The ASI has begun the gold hunt after a sage, Swami Shobhan Sarkar, claimed to have dreamt that 1000 tonnes of gold was buried near the fort of Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh in Daundia Khera village.
Swami Sarkar has claimed that similar treasures are also hidden at many places in UP. Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh was a martyr of the 1857 revolt.
The local administration and government had not taken Sarkar's claims seriously till a Union minister visited the area and directed the ASI to step in.