Taj cells not always locked, have no idols: ASI officials

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Contrary to claims made in a petition to the Lucknow HC seeking unlocking of the Taj Mahal’s “22 permanently locked rooms”, many in its basement, “as they could be housing Hindu idols from ancient times”, top ASI officials told TOI that the contention in the plea is wrong on both counts. A senior official privy to the restoration work done just three months ago said, “Various records and reports that have been reviewed till now haven’t shown the existence of any idols”.