New Delhi, Apr 18: The Union ministry of culture on Monday informed Supreme Court that the legendary Kohinoor diamond was neither stolen nor forcibly taken away by British.
It was in fact gifted by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to the East India Company. Earlier, India has been demanding its Kohinoor back from the British Empire for past many years.
Here are some important facts you need to know about it
- The Koh-i-Noor belonged to the Sikh ruler, Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
- The priceless jewel has been in British possession for more than 150 years.
- The 105 carat stone was mined in India 800 years ago and was presented to Queen Victoria during the British Raj and is now set in a crown belonging to the Queen's mother on public display in the Tower of London. It is now priced at 100 million Euros.
- Kohinoor is believed to have come from the Kollur Mine in the Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh, India.
- Kohinoor is one of the most valuable diamonds in the world.
- There are many countries that have tried to claim the Kohinoor, including Pakistan, the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.