Modi government’s hopes of getting Kohinoor diamond back from UK suffer a blow; here’s why

By: | Published: July 27, 2016 10:37 AM

Modi government's hopes of getting the famous Kohinoor back to India have suffered a blow with the United Kingdom (UK) saying that there are no "legal grounds" for returning the diamond.

Kohinoor diamond, Kohinoor India, Kohinoor UK, bring Kohinoor diamond backKohinoor: Alok Sharma, Minister of Asia and Pacific affairs for UK has said, “As far as this issue is concerned, there is no legal grounds for restitution.” (AP Photo)

Modi government’s hopes of getting the famous Kohinoor back to India have suffered a blow with the United Kingdom (UK) saying that there are no “legal grounds” for returning the diamond. Alok Sharma, Minister of Asia and Pacific affairs for UK has said, “As far as this issue is concerned, there are no legal grounds for restitution.” The statement comes amidst reports that the Modi government is likely to approach UK to get back the famed diamond. Kohinoor is one of the largest diamonds in the world and is currently set in a royal crown in UK.

Recently a high-level meeting was held in which the possibility of signing a treaty with the UK was discussed. According to reports, the meeting was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma. It is believed that India may approach UK next month itself. The treaty that was discussed involved an assurance the UK that India will not claim any other artefacts that are lying in Britain’s museum, apart from Kohinoor. The meeting was held after PM Narendra Modi is said to have given directions to initiate a process the get the precious diamond back to India.

Incidentally, the government had in April told the Supreme Court that Kohinoor was neither “forcibly taken nor stolen” by the British. However, after being criticised for this stand, it has said that all efforts are being made to bring the diamond back. One of the biggest problems facing India’s demand for the diamond is that it was taken out before the country attained independence.

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