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Return Koh-i-Noor to India: UK MP

world Updated: Jul 25, 2010 00:45 IST
Keith Vaz

Keith Vaz, a British MP of Indian origin, has asked Prime Minister David Cameron to discuss the issue of returning the Koh-i-Noor diamond during his visit to India next week.

“I believe this is the perfect opportunity for the prime minister to discuss the issue of the Koh-i-Noor,” Vaz said in a statement. “It would be very fitting for the Koh-i-Noor to return to the country in which it was mined so soon after the diamond jubilee of the Indian republic and 161 years after its removal from India.”

Since Indian independence, there have been several requests for the return of the gem to India. The latest was the demand made by the Archaeological Survey of India last month. The diamond was taken to England in 1849 following the defeat of the ruler of the Punjab region, Duleep Singh.