The Indian government has told the British Supreme Court that it should not try to reclaim the Kohinoor diamond. Once the world’s largest-known diamond, it is worth a reported £100 million
Britain is holding the priceless gemstone since the mid-19th Century, and is part of the crown jewels on display at the Tower of London. It was in the crown worn by the Queen Mother at the coronation of her husband King George VI in 1937 and again at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.
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Many Indians believe it was stolen by the British which made the ownership of the one-of-a-kind gem an emotional issue. The solicitor-general said was “neither stolen nor forcibly taken.”
Ranjit Kumar said the 105-carat diamond had been “gifted” to the East India company by the former rulers of Punjab in 1849.
The case is being heard by the Supreme Court after a group of Bollywood stars and businessmen which wants the famous diamond returned to its rightful owner and by an NGO, All India Human Rights & Social Justice Front.
According to a report in The Independent, the group calling itself the “Mountain of Light” after the translation of the stone’s name, say that the diamond was stolen from its true home in India and are demanding that the UK Government returns it.