The present-day Kala Mahal is one-eighth of its original size. After Partition, the palace was bought by moneylender and trader Chunna Mal at a very cheap rate.
The palace later also became the site of a school by the name of MC Middle Vice School. The structure is still used as a school. According to locals, a few years ago, an underground tunnel from Kala Mahal to the Red Fort was discovered which was soon closed down.