UK Says India Cannot Bring Kohinoor Through The ‘Legal Route’

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3:22 pm 27 Jul, 2016

The Kohinoor diamond is not going to land in India any time soon because the UK government believes that there is no “legal ground for the restitution” of the priceless jewel.

On his India visit, UK’s Minister of Asia and Pacific affairs told the media that even the new British Prime Minister Theresa May is not keen upon pursuing the Kohinoor diamond matter.

The Indian Government, on the other hand, is believed to be considering the filing of a fresh affidavit in Supreme Court to reclaim the diamond.

According to reports, the Indian government is keen on going ahead with its affidavit before August 15.


The 108-carat diamond currently adorns the crown of the Queen of England.

Reports also state that the Indian government might opt for diplomatic channels rather than legal means.

On April 18, the Indian Government had told the Supreme Court that the diamond was neither “forcibly taken nor stolen” by the British, but given as a “gift” to the East India Company by the then ruler of Punjab.

Bringing back of the diamond faces legal and technical hurdles as it dates back to pre-Independence period and thus did not fall under the purview of Antiquities and Art Treasures Act, 1972.

Last week, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma held a 45-minute long meeting to discuss a new strategy to bring the diamond back to India amid growing clamour over getting Indian antiquities in foreign countries back home.

Meanwhile, the Kohinoor lies locked in the Tower of London.


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