New Delhi: the Centre on Monday informed the Supreme Court that the priceless diamond was not stolen by the Britishers; it was given as a gift to them by the instant ruler of Punjab.
The Solicitor General appearing on behalf of the Centre told today the Supreme Court that ‘Koh-i-Noor’ was neither stolen by the British nor forcibly taken away, but it had been given as gift by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to the East India Company.
The Supreme Court then asked the Centre to file a detailed reply within six weeks.
Meanwhile, Nafis Ahmad Siddiqi, the petitioner in the Kohinoor case, the priceless diamond was not gifted to the Britishers.
Centre have put in false facts on how it went to London.
‘Koh-i-Noor’ is the largest colourless diamond that was mined near Guntur in Andhra Pradesh in India in the 13th century.
The uncut diamond weighed 793 carats and it has been in possession of Queen Victoria since 1849.