ASI failed to get the bones examined
Lucknow: Lawyers representing Jamiatul Ulama and Sunni Waqf Board, Zafaryab Jilani and Mushtaq Ahmad Siddiqui, on May 21 questioned before the Lucknow bench of Allahabad High Court comprising Justice Rafat Alam, Justice Khem Karan and Justice Bhanwar Singh, as to why Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) did not get the bones, found during excavations, examined and why it did not submit its report thereon. They argued that ASI’s report was based on mala fide intentions and hence it should be rejected.
The lawyers said that bones were found at every level of excavations but in its report ASI had deliberately ignored this fact. When objections were raised and complaints made, the ASI started collecting them. It had stated in its report that these bones might have been brought from some other places along with the soil! Strongly objecting to this, lawyers argued that if these bones were brought from some other place how other things found along with the bones at the same place and at the same time are being described by ASI as belonging to olden days? The lawyers said that in view of these things it could be said that ASI had submitted its report not as an independent and impartial agency but as a party. Since it was based on mala fide intentions, it deserved to be rejected.
They also requested the bench to direct ASI to arrange carbon dating of those bones and get the report at an early date. (Rashtriya Sahara (Urdu) Daily, May 22, 2004).
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