New Delhi: The Indian government has launched an investigation into the claims made by a prominent Hindu scholar who claims to have found the sacred scriptures of Hinduism in its archives.
“This is the first time that a scholar has brought this matter before the government.
It’s also the first case of a scholar of the Haryana government who has made such claims,” Union minister for culture and science Gopal Baglay told reporters on Friday.
Mr Baglay said that he had sent a letter to the prime minister, seeking a response to his inquiry.
“I am also directing the state government to examine the matter as it may be an attempt to tarnish the image of the state,” he said.
The scholar, who is not named, claimed that he visited a temple in Kerala to collect scriptures in 2012.
He said he had found the ancient scriptures of hindus in the archives of the Kerala State Archives.
According to him, the scriptures were handed over to him in a sealed envelope and had been in the possession of the then Chief Minister of Kerala, Jayalalithaa, for nearly 30 years.
On February 11, Mr Baglay, the home minister, directed the state archives to investigate the claim, which he said was supported by documents of the archives.
“The matter was examined and the matter was clarified.
But, the matter is now under the purview of the inquiry team.
We are yet to reach a conclusion,” he added.
In a recent speech, the Kerala Chief Minister had said that the “sarcasm, the sarcasm, is what makes India a great country.”
He said the scriptures could be found in the archive of the former Chief Minister’s office.
The former Chief Ministers office was transferred to the Archives Department of Kerala in 2004.