India says it won't try to reclaim crown jewel from Britain

Surprise statement

(ANSA) - Rome, April 19 - India's government has told the Supreme Court that it won't request the return of the 106-carat Koh-i-Noor diamond, which is now part of the British crown jewels, the Associated Press reported.
    In a surprise statement, India's solicitor general told the court on Monday that Britain shouldn't have to give the diamond back. Ranjit Kumar said the diamond had been given freely to the British in the mid-19th century by the family of Punjab's Maharaja Ranjit Singh, and had been "neither stolen nor forcibly taken by British rulers." The court was hearing a petition filed by a rights group asking it to order the government to seek the return of the diamond.


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