Two Chandigarh heritage pieces belonging to Punjab Vidhan Sabha will be auctioned in Los Angeles on October 21.
Lawyer Ajay Jagga, a member of UT’s heritage protection committee, on Friday raised the issue with Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi and Foreign Minister S Jaishankar urging them to stop the auction.
Elements include a triangular coffee table and a coffee table designed by Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret. The price reserved for the two heritage items has been maintained at $ 3,500-4,500 each. A private auction house advertised the furniture auction on the website.
Jagga said, âOn one of the items, Punjab Vidhan Sabha was written in Punjabi language on the back. There is an urgent need to have the matter examined by law enforcement agencies in Punjab and even the United States, as to how these items reached LA, when the export of these items is prohibited. in India, by the Ministry of the Interior. Whether the laws of India and the United States were followed or not. Whether people have come to India on a business VISA or a tourist VISA. If all duties / taxes have been paid. If the correct information has been provided to the export counter in India and the import counter in USA. As there is a complete ban on the sale / disposal of such items in India and even an export ban as well. Whether the seller is in legal / legal possession.
Heritage furniture, manhole covers originally designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, has long been auctioned abroad.
Recently, six heritage objects intended to be sold in Luxembourg were removed from the list on the eve of the auction on September 17.