The Supreme Court on Friday granted a week’s time to the Centre to spell out its stand on bringing back the Kohinoor diamond which is now in the United Kingdom.
Hearing a petition filed by All India Human Rights and Social Justice for a direction to the Centre to take steps to bring back the diamond, the Chief Justice, T.S. Thakur, said “Many countries have staked their claim on the diamond, including Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is in the custody of a sovereign nation.”
Counsel brought to the court’s notice that the diamond is to be auctioned soon, the Bench asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar if the government had done enough to press for the Kohinoor’s return to India, the county of its origin. The 105 carat diamond is one of the world’s largest and is widely believed to have come from a mine in Andhra Pradesh. The SG said he will take instructions and inform the court next week.
( Source – PTI )