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    Center govt is likely to approach Britain soon to get back famed Kohinoor, one of the world’s largest diamonds which is currently set in a royal crown on display in the Tower of London.

    A high-level meeting attended by Sushma Swaraj and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma was held in New Delhi’s Jawahar Bhawan on the issue of bringing back the famed Kohinoor diamond from Britain on Friday.

    The meeting also reportedly discussed possibility of signing a treaty with the UK wherein Britain may be assured that India would not claim any other artefacts in Britain except the Kohinoor diamond. The meeting apparently lasted for over 45 minutes.

    In April, The government had made a submission in 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 rulers of Punjab.

    The gem is the subject of a historic ownership dispute and has been claimed by at least four countries, including India.

     

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