Indians sue Queen Elizabeth for return of Koh-i-Noor diamond

BACKdiamondAccording to British media, a group of Bollywood stars and Indian businessmen have instructed British lawyers to begin a challenge in London’s High Court, to force Queen Elizabeth II and the royal family to return the famous Koh-i-Noor 105 carat diamond that is set in the crown made for the Queen Mother, and which Queen Elizabeth wore for her 1953 coronation.

The last ruler of the Sikhs, Duleep Singh had presented the diamond to Queen Victoria in July 1850.

The media quoted Satish Jakhu of law firm Rubric Lois King, saying they would argue the British government had stolen the diamond, and would be taken to the International Court of Justice.

One historian said those involved in the ludicrous case should recognise that the British Crown Jewels is precisely the right place for the diamond to reside, in grateful recognition for over three centuries of British involvement in India that led to development, agrarian advance, linguistic unification, and ultimately the democratisation of the sub-continent.