Leading lawyer of Chandigarh Ajay Jagga writes to the US Homeland Security on trafficking in cultural property of India.
A chat with Ajay Jagga on How Chandigarh is losing its heritage treasure created by architect Le Corbusier can be accessed here.
Below is the letter that was written by Ajay Jagga to US Secretary of Homeland Security requesting them to examine the auction.
The Hon’ble Kirstjen Nielsen
US Secretary of Homeland Security
Washington – 20528
U.S.Immigration and Customs Enforcement
ICE Attaché Office
c/o American Center
9000 New Delhi Place
Washington, DC 20521-9000
Central Intelligence Agency
Office of Public Affairs
Washington, D.C. 20505
Subject: TRAFFICKING IN CULTURAL PROPERTY: INQUIRY INTO AUCTION OF CHANDIGARH HERITAGE IN New York ON 6 June 2018; TWO ITEMS AUCTIONED for US Dollar 62000)
Chairs of HIGH COURT and other administrative buildings, auctioned
2 lots of Heritage Furniture, sourced from Chandigarh, auctioned in New York on 6 June 2018 and it has been observed that these items are being taken abroad (USA) without following the legal procedures. As such it is requested that the matter may please be examined, the details of the auction house, date of the auction, items sold are mentioned below, so that you can understand the matter before proceeding further. The matter is pertaining to financial loss, loss of prestige and heritage. Further, the matter is also a violation of your laws, as US residents are, perhaps, selling the goods of India, without holding proper documents, the matter of examination, before taking a call.
AJAY JAGGA, Adv
Member, Heritage Protection Cell,
CC: DR. Subramanian Swamy, M.P., Rajya Sabha
Auction House: Philips, New York
Details of Chandigarh Heritage Auction in New York (USA) ON 6 June, 2018.
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