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Indian group sues Queen Elizabeth over “stolen” $150m diamond

By WITW Staff on November 9, 2015

A group of Bollywood stars and Indian businesspeople are joining forces to sue the Queen of England for the return of the “Koh-i-Noor” diamond, which is reportedly worth £100m ($150m) and, according to legend, can only be worn by a woman or a god. The 105-carat stone, once the world’s largest known diamond, was given to Queen Victoria by the last ruler of the Sikhs, Duleep Singh, after the British annexation of the Punjab.

The"Koh-I-Noor" diamond on display in Bangalore in 2002. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
The”Koh-I-Noor” diamond on display in Bangalore in 2002. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

The group, calling themselves “The Mountain of Light” (the translation of the stone’s name) demands the U.K. return the diamond, claiming it is “one of the many artifacts taken from India under dubious circumstances” which is “part of our history and culture and should undoubtedly be returned.” The group is basing its case on the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act, which gives UK institutions the power to return stolen art. So far the British government has refused all claims.

Read the full story at The Independent.