Supreme Court refuses to interfere in excavation work in unnao gold
As the hunt for the hidden 1,000 tonnes of gold continues in a 17th century fort in Unnao, the Supreme Court (SC) has refused to interfere in the ongoing excavation work by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) in Unnao.
The apex court ruling came after a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed seeking monitoring of the excavation work fearing that the precious things might go missing otherwise.
The PIL was filed by advocate ML Sharma last week who requested a hearing urgently on the grounds that valuable things found during the excavation may go missing if not properly supervised.
However, SC said that Uttar Pradesh and ASI have not been made parties in the petition and asked the petitioner to remove the defects.
Day 4: ASI continues to dig for hidden 1,000 tonnes of gold in Unnao
The ASI continued to dig for the hidden 1,000 tonnes of gold supposed to be buried under the ruins of a 19th century fort on the basis of a seer’s dream on Monday.
The hunt for the gold treasure at Unnao started when the seer had a dream in which a king told him about the hidden gold buried under the ruins at the fort of former King Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh in Unnao’s Daudiakala village.
The king along with Rani Laxmi Bai of Jhansi fought the British during the 1857 Mutiny and was overthrown in the process. He went into hiding only to be captured in Varanasi after which he was sent to the gallows.
Union Minister of State for Food Processing Charan Das Mahant met the seer after he learnt about his dream and the excavation work started by ASI and Geological Survey of India (GSI) soon after.
Even the descendants of the former king came forward to stake their claim in the gold that the seer dreamt of.
However, the government clarified its stand on the excavation and said that it is working on the basis of evidence and not merely because the seer dreamt of it.
Deputy Director PK Mishra had earlier said that the excavation work to hunt for the hidden gold started on the basis of findings of a GSI report that gold or silver may be hidden in the area.
Seer dreams of another 2,500 tonnes of hidden gold
The seer came up with yet another claim that even a bigger treasure of around 2,500 tonnes of gold is buried in the Fatehpur district state.
The saint reportedly even wrote to the District Magistrate (DM) informing him about the dream.