Koh-i-Noor to be brought back (CIC)

Holding that hopeful people legitimately expect Pre-Independence era artifacts like Koh-i-Noor diamond, Shah Jahan’s wine cup etc., to be brought back to India, the Central Information Commission (CIC) has directed the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to spell out the efforts it has been making to bring back the priceless pieces of historical importance. Central Information Commissioner M Sridhar Acharyulu asked Chief Public Information Officers (CPIO) of the PMO and the MEA to share the information with RTI applicant BKSR Ayyangar while criticizing them for “wrongfully” transferring the RTI application to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) when the Antiquities and Art Treasure Act, 1972 expressly states that the subject matter is not under control.

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