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.
The 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.