LONDON, Nov 9, 2015:
India wants its Koh-i-Noor diamond back.
Legal proceedings are being instituted in the High Court here by a group of Bollywood stars and businessmen which wants the world famous diamond, currently part of Britain’s crown jewels, returned to its rightful owner, India.
Once the world’s largest-known diamond, it is worth a reported £100 million (RM659 million).
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.
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 105-carat diamond was stolen from its true home in India and are demanding that the UK Government returns it.
The stone is “one of the many artefacts taken from India under dubious circumstances”, according to David de Souza from the Indian leisure group Tito’s.
Souza claims the British colonisation of India had led to the theft of wealth and had “destroyed the country’s psyche”.
The jewel was given to the reigning Queen of the time by the last ruler of the Sikhs, Duleep Singh, after the British annexe of the Punjab.
Bollywood star Bhumicka Singh, also part of the group, said: “The Koh-i-noor is not just a 105-carat stone, but part of our history and culture and should undoubtedly be returned.”