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India will make its best efforts to get back the famous 106-carat Kohinoor diamond which is currently set in a royal crown on display in the Tower of London. Despite British government's recent statement that there is no legal ground for restitution of the diamond, the government would work on it.
With an estimated value of over USD 200 million, Kohinoor was transferred to the treasury of the British East India Company in Lahore after the subjugation of Punjab in 1849 by the British forces.
The government is considering both diplomatic as well as legal channels to get back the diamond, a senior government source said.
“If India is able to get back the diamond through diplomatic efforts, then the government will explore legal option too," said the source.
The UK Minister of Asia and Pacific Affairs Alok Sharma said that Kohinoor could probably never find its way to India. "There is no legal ground for the restitution," he had said during his visit.
Shiromani Gurdwara Prabankdhak Committee (SGPC), which represents the Sikh community, has also jumped into the fray to stake claim over the precious gem.
SGPC Chief Secretary Harcharan Singh has urged Centre to take up the matter and demand its return to the Sikh community.The diamond was use to be the property of Sikh Empire.