ASI Says Kohinoor Was ‘Surrendered’ By Punjab Rulers To The British

In April 2016, the government had told the Supreme Court that the Kohinoor diamond was neither “forcibly taken nor stolen” by the British. The government had stated that it was gifted to the East India Company by the successors of Maharaja Ranjit Singh, who ruled Punjab at the time.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), however, has contradicted the government’s stand by stating in a recent RTI reply that the diamond was in fact “surrendered” by the Maharaja of Lahore to Queen Victoria of England.

In its response to a PIL, the government had said that Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s kin had given the Kohinoor to the British as “voluntary compensation” to cover the expenses of the Anglo-Sikh War.

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