India's two 'prem ratans'-the Kohinoor and Lalit Modi- have a new companion in Vijay Mallya. Much to the dismay of the UK government, these three have taken away their sleep and peace of mind with the Indian government hankering for their hand over.
Lalit Modi had moved to London after being accused of misconduct, indiscipline and financial irregularities in the BCCI which he headed. After the BCCI investigations, the Enforcement Directorate also launched an investigation, following which he fled to London. The Government of India revoked his passport in 2010, but the decision was overturned by the High Court in 2014.
Second is Vijay Mallya, who again was accused of debt and financial irregularities with banks. He too has fled to London and has taken asylum there, probably never to return.
Having said that, Kohinoor too has a long-drawn history of curse and mystery. It is said that any king wearing the crown with the diamond meets with his creator. While that is just a heresay, it cannot be ignored that the history of Britain has several such incidents, corroborating the legend.
The Curse of Kohinoor Diamond dates back to a Hindu text from the time of the first authenticated appearance of the diamond in 1306. The Curse of the Kohinoor Diamond reads:
"He who owns this diamond will own the world, but will also know all its misfortunes. Only God, or a woman, can wear it with impunity."
God save London!