Times of India | 1 day ago | 24-06-2022 | 08:35 am
MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Thursday asked the state government to inform what steps it is taking to maintain the original handwritten manuscripts of Dr B R Ambedkar. Justices Prasanna Varale and Shrikant Kulkarni heard a suo motu PIL that was converted in December 2021 out of a news report regarding the government halting its project to publish Ambedkar's speeches and writings. At an earlier hearing, the HC had sought the state's reply. Government pleader Poornima Kantharia sought time saying the reply is ready and will be filed after getting approval from the state department concerned. Advocate Swaraj Jadhav, assisting the court as amicus curiae, said most of the manuscripts are stored in a 300 sq ft room in an old building at Ballard Estate. He said with the onset of monsoon, it is likely that the papers may get spoiled and there would be irreversible damage. Kantharia said the state is taking measures to ensure the manuscripts are taken out and kept in proper storage. She said the details are spelled out in the reply. The HC gave the state two weeks to file its reply with details of preservation measures taken, and posted the hearing after four weeks.