"155 gifts received by the former President, Pratibha Devisingh Patil, in her official capacity were loaned to Vidya Bharati Shaikshanik Mandai, Amravati, for display on a purely temporary basis," Rashtrapati Bhavan has said in an RTI reply.

In response to activist Subhash Agrawal, it said all the gift items which include candle set received from UK Prime Minister, a gold medallion and a silver medallion of Nelson Mandela, a gift box from China among others have been returned to Rashtrapati Bhavan on May 22.

"These were received back by the Deputy Director (Art), Rashtrapati Bhavan," it said, adding that no information on cost incurred on transportation is available on record. It said the gifts were loaned to Vidya Bharati Shaikshanik Mandai, Amravati, according to a MoU signed between Rashtrapati Bhavan and the institute.

The reply also said 36 artifacts were handed over to DRDO during the presidency of APJ Abdul Kalam for being displayed in the Brahmos Centre in New Delhi. "All 36 items have been received back at Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 3, 2012," it said.


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