Why tell the police! A man in Uttar Pradesh was digging away at the foundations of his house (as you do) when he discovered a treasure trove. The treasure consisted of 650 gm of gold and 4.53 kg of silver ornaments and could be up to 100 years old! Valued at over 25 lakh!
Good news for the house owner? Nah, the Indian Police has stated that he cannot keep the treasure as it could be of archaeological significance. That old chestnut!
“It was seized as the person in whose possession it was found in, had no relevant papers,” said Priyadarshi. The police learned of the jewellery find after word spread in the village. The man, who found the jewellery, first denied the incident but later admitted having unearthed it, Police said.
Any jewellery or costly item dug out from earth is legally termed as “treasure” and is governed by the Indian Treasure Trove Act, 1878. Under section 4 of the Act, the finder of a “treasure” is supposed to inform the district revenue officer either on his own or on receiving a notice.
The finder is also required to deposit his find either with the district revenue officials or undertake to produce it before authorities when required. As per section 11 of the Act, the finder of a treasure, however, still has a chance of owning it if authorities decide after an enquiry that it belongs to no one else.