CBI probe into Tagore Nobel medal theft closed

Last Updated: Thu, Aug 05, 2010 19:59 hrs
rabindranath Tagore

Bolpur: The five year investigation by the CBI into the theft of Rabindranath Tagore's Nobel medal and other memorabilia from Rabindra Bhavan museum in Santiniketan, was on Thursday officially closed.

ACJM, Bolpur, T N Bhakat accepted the petition of the CBI to close the investigation.

The court's move comes after superintendent of police, special crime branch, CBI, Kolkata wrote to the court on August 20, 2009, that "We are not progressing with the probe".

The theft of the medallion and 47 other pieces of memorabilia came to light on March 25, 2004. Five days later, the CBI started an investigation. But after three years of fruitless probe, the agency closed the case on August 30, 2007, only to reopen it on September 18, 2008.

Incidentally, on several occasions reports surfaced that the medallion had been smuggled to Bangladesh but no concrete proof could be obtained on this.

The Nobel Foundation replaced the original medal, which the bard from West Bengal had won in 1913, with a replica in gold in December, 2004, the year it was stolen.

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