Mayor seeks return of Kohinoor diamond to India

Executive Director of Jewels de Paragon (JDP) Pavana Kishore shows the 'Koh-I-Noor' diamond on display at a Bangladeshi exhibition in 2002. (Getty)

Lambeth borough mayor claims diamond’s return would be a good gesture

NRI doctor and Mayor of London borough Lambeth Neeraj Patil has told journalists in India that the return of the famous Kohinoor diamond to the country would be ‘a good gesture’, as reported in the Economic Times of India.

The 105 carat Kohinoor diamond – once the largest known diamond in the world – was mined in India, but was seized by the East India Company to become part of the British Crown jewels on the proclamation of Queen Victoria as Empress of India in 1877. It is currently the property of the British crown.

Patil’s statement comes after Prime Minister David Cameron claimed last month that the gem could not be returned to India, as the move would set an unworkable precedent.

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Patil said: "As far as Kohinoor is concerned, my political mentor Keith Vaz and I hold the same opinion. I think Kohinoor belongs to India and it should be returned.

"I am very much in favour of Britain returning the diamond as a good gesture."

Labour MP Keith Vaz had previously stated that it would be ‘very fitting’ for the Kohinoor diamond to return to the country in which it was mined.

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