It was once the world’s largest-known diamond, is worth a reported £100m ($200.4 million CAD) and is currently part of Britain’s crown jewels.
But India wants it back.
Bollywood stars and businessmen have united to instruct lawyers to begin legal proceedings in London’s High Court to return the Koh-i-Noor diamond.
The diamond was in the crown worn by the Queen Mother at the coronation of her husband King George VI in 1937 and again at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.
The group, which has called itself the “Mountain of Light” after the translation of the stone’s name, say that the 105-carat diamond was stolen from its true home in India and are demanding that the UK Government returns it.
The stone is “one of the many artefacts taken from India under dubious circumstances”, according to David de Souza from the Indian leisure group Tito’s.
Souza claims the British colonisation of India had stolen wealth and “destroyed the country’s psyche”.