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President orders probe, many historic artefacts found missing from Rashtrapati Bhavan

New Delhi, Oct 20: President Pranab Mukherjee after assuming office has ordered a detailed inventory of historic artefacts in the sprawling Rashtrapati Bhavan, and it was found that the table at which Lord Irwin and

India TV News Desk Updated on: October 20, 2012 9:34 IST
president orders probe many historic artefacts found
president orders probe many historic artefacts found missing from rashtrapati bhavan

New Delhi, Oct 20: President Pranab Mukherjee after assuming office has ordered a detailed inventory of historic artefacts in the sprawling Rashtrapati Bhavan, and it was found that the table at which Lord Irwin and Mahatma Gandhi signed the historic 1931 Gandhi-Irwin pact was missing.

 


Similarly, a study table used by the last British viceroy Lord Mountbatten was also missing.
 
A report in the Hindi daily Jagaran says,  rare furnitures, paintings or gifts have been reportedly taken away by some senior officials posted at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
 
President Pranab Mukherjee has ordered that all such historic artefacts be brought back and a big museum be set up inside the Rashtrapati Bhavan, which could be opened to visitors.
 
The report said, senior officials posted at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, formerly Viceroy House, had taken away several rare artefacts with them.
 
Preliminary inquiry showed, some of the artefacts went out with some former Presidents, but they are all accounted for.
 
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