Priceless records rotting in old courts complex


Ludhiana courtsPriceless records of old cases, some dating to the pre-Independence days, in the old courts complex of the city continue to lie unattended as the administration is making last-minute clearances at the site for the proposed auction of the prime land.

"The administration had earmarked the site for storage of files at the zila parishad complex. The site has been hired on a monthly rent basis"

— Deputy Commissioner

Shifting of the records has become more important in the context that the entire infrastructure at the venue is being demolished these days.

A sizeable portion of the records that have been bundled up in sacks have begun to rot.

Talking to The Tribune, Sumer Singh Gurjar, deputy commissioner, said the administration had earmarked the site for storage of files at the zila parishad complex. The site has been hired on a monthly rent basis.

Tarsem Singh, a senior citizen, said the records were lying at the site in an unorganised manner. Some case details are in Urdu and belong to very old times. He said: “Besides storing the files, the district authorities should try to tabulate the data of the cases for easy references in case anybody wants to access it.”

Pritam Singh, a retired school teacher, said: “Not just this structure and records, the government is trying very little to preserve the old architecture of the city. The new shopping malls, roads and other constructions have virtually left nothing of the past for the future generations to see. At least a museum should be set up.”

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