Government Takes a U-turn, Says Will Bring Kohinoor Back

Culture Ministry said the news appearing in the press are not based on facts and efforts are on to bring back Kohinoor.

Published: 20th April 2016 03:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 20th April 2016 11:26 AM   |  A+A-

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The Koh-i-noor, or "mountain of light," diamond, set in the Maltese Cross at the front of the crown made for Britain's late Queen Mother Elizabeth. |File Photo: AP

NEW DELHI:  Just a day after the NDA government told the Supreme Court that the Kohinoor was not stolen by the British but gifted, the Culture Ministry on Tuesday said it was making all efforts to bring the diamond back to India. Issuing a clarification in this regard, Culture Ministry said the Centre wished to put on record that certain news items appearing in the press regarding the Kohinoor Diamond are not based on facts.

GOVT.JPGThe government further reiterated its “resolve to make all possible efforts to bring back the Kohinoor diamond in an amicable manner”. Culture Ministry also invoked Jawahar Lal Nehru saying that Nehru’s view was that there is no ground to claim this art treasure back.

“The factual position is that the matter is sub judice at present. A PIL has been filed in the Supreme Court that is yet to be admitted. The Solicitor General of India was asked to seek the views of the Government of India, which have not yet been conveyed,” the Ministry of Culture statement said.

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