July 10, 2021 12:54:36 am
A day bed designed by Pierre Jeanneret for Chandigarh went under the hammer for a whopping Rs 13.26 lakh (15,000 Euros) at an auction of heritage items, held in Paris on Thursday.
Ajay Jagga, Member heritage protection cell, wrote a letter written to S Jayashankar, Union Minister for External Affairs, GOI in this regard.
“Trafficking in cultural property involves several acts that may ultimately result in the loss, destruction, removal or theft of irreplaceable item,” he specified.
Questioning how these items reached France in the first place, he said, “In view of the fact that there is no protest of resistance from Government of India, continuous auctions of our heritage in foreign countries are going on, thus there is an emergent need to get the matter examined from the law enforcing agencies of Belgium, as to how these items reached Paris when there is a ban on the export of these items, by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. Whether Smuggled? Whether Importers came to Indian on a tourist visas or business visas? What documents they attached with the consignment, while exporting them abroad?”
He further added, “Moreover, the trial in FIR lodged in 2018 for an attempt to transfer UT Heritage (From Panjab University) is going on in Chandigarh courts, which perse proves that there is a racket/carter involved in the smuggling of UT heritage.”
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