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Madras HC directs ASI to establish site museum at Keezhadi

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“We don’t understand what is the hesitation in establishing a museum at the site. There is something wrong in the way things have been happening”.

The Madras High Court Bench in Madurai on June 23, 2017 directed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to establish a site museum at Keezhadi in Sivaganga district where excavation of artefacts had unearthed the possibility of an ancient Tamil civilisation having thrived on the banks of the Vaigai.

A Division Bench of Justices A. Selvam and N. Authinathan issued the direction on a public interest litigation petition filed by advocate Kanimozhi Mathi in 2016. The judges ordered that the museum should be established on two acres of land identified by the State government as early as possible.

The judges acceded to the request of ASI counsel Shanmugaselvam to make it clear in their order that the museum could be established only after the report writing work of antiquities that were unearthed during the first two phases of excavation and taken to Bengaluru for a detailed study.

“Unless a museum is established and the artefacts are displayed, how will the people of this State get to know the rich history of their ancestors. We don’t understand what is the hesitation in establishing a museum at the site. There is something wrong in the way things have been happening,” Justice Selvam said before adjourning the case to August 24, 2017.

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