Queen Elizabeth may soon find herself facing charges involving “theft” of a legendary 105-carat diamond that should only be worn only by God or woman, the Koh-i-Noor. It is being alleged that the UK government stole the famous piece from its true home, India.
Bollywood stars and Indian businessmen are working together in pursuit of legal proceedings in London’s High Court to demand for the UK Government to return the Koh-i-Noor to India. David de Souza, of the Indian leisure group Tito’s, is telling Daily Mail that the ancient jewel “is one of the many artifacts taken from India under dubious circumstance.” He further upholds that UK’s colonization rubbed India of wealth and destroyed its psyche. Bollywood star Bhumicka Singh, who is supporting pursuit of legal actions, is saying that the Koh-i-Noor is not just a 105-carat stone, “but part of our history and culture and should undoubtedly be returned.”
Lawyers asked by the claimants are saying that the group’s claim is founded by virtue of the Holocaust Act or the Return of Cultural Objects. Satish Jakhu, a lawyer Birmingham-based lawyer representing the group, their case is strong under the common law doctrine of “trespass to goods.” He is arguing that the UK Government stole the Koh-i-Noor, adding that they may bring the case to the International Court of Justice.
The official website of the British Monarchy states that the Koh-i-Noor diamond was presented to Queen Victoria in 1850 and is now engraved in the platinum crown made for the late Queen Mother. The British Monarchy further states that the diamond came from the Treasury at Lahore in the Punjab and may have belonged to the early Mughal emperors before it was owned by Duleep Singh. The Monarchy adds that the diamond was re-cut for Queen Victoria in 1852. The Monarchy mentions that the Koh-i-noor is only worn by queen or queen consort because it is said to bring bad luck should any man wears it.
Speaking with the Daily Mail, historian Andrew Roberts said the British Crown Jewels is “precisely the right place” for the legendary gem “in grateful recognition for over three centuries of British involvement in India, which led to the modernization, development, protection, agrarian advance, linguistic unification and ultimately the democratization of the sub-continent,” he explained.