Supreme Court refuses to interfere in the matter

The Supreme Court on Monday refused to interfere in the ongoing Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) excavation for gold supposed to be buried under the ruins of a 19th century fort in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district, saying it cannot pass an order on the basis of assumption.

The Supreme Court Bench said that the court cannot interfere in all sensational matters and there should be a basis to pass an order which cannot be done merely on the ground of assumption. The court was hearing the PIL filed by advocate M L Sharma seeking directions for ensuring proper arrangements for safety and protection were made at the site so that any hidden treasure should not get into wrong hands.

Excavations resumes

Meanwhile, in Unnao, the district administration resumed excavation work on the fourth day on Monday to find hidden 1,000 tonnes of gold, putting an end to speculations about stoppage of treasure hunt at Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh fort.

The excavation work in Dodiyakhera village resumed under the supervision of Archaeological Survey of India team this morning, Sub—Divisional Magistrate Vijay Shanker Dubey said. 102 cm excavation work was done till Sunday, he said.

There were rumours that due to doubt over finding gold, preparations were being made to stop the excavation work.

Archaeologists began digging on October 18 for the treasure which is supposedly buried under the ruins of the 19th century Raja Rao Ram Bux Singh fort on the basis of a seer’s dream.

Surrounded by hundreds of onlookers, the excavation is being carried out amidst tight security at the fort by a 12—member ASI team led by its Deputy Director, P K Mishra.

The gold rush was triggered by seer Shoban Sarkar’s claim that the Raja had appeared to him in a dream and told him that 1,000 tonnes of gold lay buried beneath the ruins of the fort. PTI


  • Gold rush was triggered by seer Shoban Sarkar’s claim that the Raja had appeared in a dream and told him that 1,000 tonnes of gold lay buried beneath the ruins of the fort

  • Excavation is being done amid tight security by 12-member ASI team