India Determined To Get Diamond Back From UK

PM Narendra Modi is ignoring his chief legal adviser who said on Monday that the diamond was given to Queen Victoria, not stolen.

India says it is still determined to get back the Koh-i-Noor diamond even though it is presently on display as part of the Crown Jewels in the Tower of London.

The country's chief legal adviser claimed on Monday that the priceless jewel had in fact been given to Queen Victoria by an Indian king, and not stolen as many Indian citizens believe.

Solicitor general Ranjit Kumar surprised many when he told the Supreme Court that his country should therefore give up its claim to the awesome gem.

However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government said its adviser's view was not representative of the government and it was pressing on with its claim.

"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 in a statement.

The stone was a "valued piece of art with strong roots in our nation's history", it added.

The Indian government has yet to give its opinion to the Supreme Court which is hearing the case. Read more...

Source: news.sky.com

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