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India U-Turns as Culture Ministry Claims Koh-i-Noor Diamond

Apr 21, 2016 3:24 AM   By Rapaport News
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RAPAPORT... India’s culture ministry said it will make every effort to bring back the 105.6-carat Koh-i-Noor, days after the nation’s solicitor-general stated the nation should stop claiming it, The Guardian reported.

Solicitor-General Ranjit Kumar told the nation’s Supreme Court April 18 Indian should give up its claim to the gem, part of Britain’s crown jewels for more than 100 years. The gem was given freely to the British by the family of Punjab’s Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Kumar was cited as saying. It was “neither stolen nor forcibly taken by British rulers,” the report cited Kumar as saying.

But, on April 19, India’s culture ministry issued a statement saying it was yet to make its position known, and that India’s government would make all possible efforts to bring back the diamond, according to the U.K. daily.

The Solicitor-General made his comments at a Supreme Court hearing of a case brought by the All India Human Rights & Social Justice Front, which wants the diamond returned.
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