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Kohinoor was surrendered to the British, says ASI

Kohinoor diamond part of the British crown jewels

By: Keerthi Mohan

The Kohinoor diamond was “surrendered” by the Maharaja of Lahore to the Queen of England and not gifted as was believed earlier, revealed the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) in response to a Right to Information (RTI) enquiry by activist Rohit Sabharwal. In April 2016, the government had told the supreme court that the Kohinoor diamond was neither “forcibly taken nor stolen” by the British and that it was gifted to the East India Company by the successors of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who ruled Punjab at the time. The Kohinoor diamond was given by Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s kin to the…

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