Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Lost paintings: plea admitted

Kochi: A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court on Wednesday admitted a writ petition seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into the reported missing of certain original works of Raja Ravi Varma from the State government custody.

The Bench comprising Chief Justice J. Chelameswar and Justice P.N. Ravindran issued notice to the CBI and other respondents, including the State government. The petition was filed by Archana Narayanan, lawyer and great grand niece of Raja Ravi Varma. She said as per the records of Kilimanoor Palace, over 75 paintings had been handed over to the then government. However, now only 55 paintings were displayed at the Sree Chitra Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram.

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