A group of Indian actors and businessmen in UK have initiated legal proceedings against Queen Elizabeth II demanding the return of the precious 100 Million euros Koh-i-Noor diamond to India. The 105-carat stone, said to have been mined in India around 800 years ago, was gifted to Queen Victoria during the British Raj. Stating that the Koh-i-Noor is not just a 105-carat piece of stone. It has a lot of history and culture attached to it, Bhumika Singh, a Bollywood actress participating in the campaign, said that the 'precious gem should be returned to India.'
Meaning the 'mountain of light,' Koh-i-Noor was once the world's largest cut diamond and had been exchanged from one ruling dynasty to another in India. Duleep Singh, the last Sikh ruler, travelled to Britain in 1850 and handed the Koh-i-Noor to Queen Victoria. The gem is now set in a Queen's mother's crown and is being displayed to the public in the Tower of London.
Incidentally, the legal action coincides with Narendra Modi's visit to the UK this week.