Man finds treasure worth Rs 25 lakh while digging his house foundations

The Hush Post | 6:35 pm | One-minute read

A man from Hardoi district of Uttar Pradesh found treasure of jewellery worth Rs 25 lakh while digging the foundations of his home. However, the police said that he cannot keep it.

The police seized 650 grams of gold and 4.3 kg of silver ornaments from the man which was found from the treasure. Alok Priyadarshi, Superintendent of Police Hardoi reportedly said that the jewellery appeared to be 100 years old and could be of archaeological significance.

Further he said, “It was seized as the person in whose possession it was found had no relevant papers.”

Initially, the man who found the treasure was denying the incident but later he admitted that he found it while digging his house’s foundations.

According to the reports by NDTV, any costly item or jewellery dug out from the earth is legally termed as “treasure” and is governed by Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878.

According to the section 4 of the act, the one who finds the treasure is supposed to apprise the district revenue officer either on his own or on receiving a notice.

However, the founder of the treasure can still have a chance to owning the treasure if the authorities decide after an enquiry that it belongs to no one else.

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