India suing UK over £100m Koh-i-Noor diamond
Britain presented the world famous £100 million Koh-i-Noor diamond to the queen after the colonization of the Indian region of Punjab in the 1849.
Arguing that the gem is part of the Indian heritage, a group of businesspersons and actors from the subcontinent are demanding that the UK give the 105-carat diamond back.
The group has commenced legal proceedings in London’s High Court to regain the diamond which is now part of the UK’s crown jewels, media sources reported on Sunday.
“The Koh-i-Noor is one of the many artifacts taken from India under dubious circumstances. Colonization did not only rob our people of wealth, it destroyed the country’s psyche itself,” said David de Souza, co-founder of an Indian group which is partiality funding the legal action.