Government of India said that, it is ready to make all the possible efforts to get back the Koh-i-Noor Diamond from British, irrespective of the opinion of New Delhi’s solicitor general, who said that, the diamond should stay with the former colonial ruler.
The prestigious Kohinoor diamond, made of 105 carat, was presented to Queen Victoria in 1850. Today that princess jewel is kept as a display, along with the several other Crown jewels in the Tower of London.
Denying that, the princess jewel was stolen from the country, which the Indians believe it to be true, India’s solicitor general told the Supreme Court that, in 1851, an Indian king gifted the diamond to Britain, and so the country should forgo its claims.
Solicitor general’s view, the government said, did not represent its own and that it was yet to give its opinion to the court, which is hearing a case regarding the princess jewel.
“The Government of India further reiterates its resolve to make all possible efforts to bring back the Koh-i-noor Diamond in an amicable manner,” the ministry of culture said.
The ministry said the stone was a “valued piece of art with strong roots in our nation's history” and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was determined to get it back.
Last year, a Pakistani lawyer, filed a court petition calling for the diamond’s return. In 1947, after partition, India and Pakistan became two different countries, when they became independent from Britain.
The Koh-i-Noor is set in the crown worn by Queen Elizabeth, the mother of the reigning monarch, at the coronation of her husband George VI in 1937, and was placed on her coffin at her funeral in 2002.
Last week, the Duchess of Cambridge, along with her husband Prince William, visited India. She will wear the crown on official occasions, when she becomes queen consort. William is second in line to the British throne.
By Phani Ch