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Koh-i-Noor: India sues the Queen for the return of £100m diamond.

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Once the largest know diamond, and worth a reported £100m, the Koh-i-Noor Diamond which is part of the British crown jewels is wanted back by India.

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 back to India.
The group, whom have named themselves the "Mountain of Light" after the translation of the stone's name, claim that the 105 carat diamond was stolen from its true home in India and are demanding the UK Government returns it.

The Koh-i-noor was first recorded in 1306. Rulers fought over it for centuries before Britain took it as part of the Treaty of Lahore, when Britain took control of the Punjab in 1849. The Jewel was seized by the Empire's East India Company as one of the spoils of war and was presented to Queen Victoria in 1850.

The Koh-i-noor was mounted into Queen Victoria's crown among 2000 other diamonds. It passed to consorts Queen Alexander in 1902 and Queen Mary in 1911 for their coronation crowns and then to the late Queen Mother in 1937, being set in a Maltese Cross. The Queen Mother's crown is on display in the Tower of London.

Indian and Pakistani authorities have long demanded the diamond's return. In 1976, prime minister Jim Callaghan refused a request to hand it back, writing: 'I need not remind you of the various hands through which the stone has passed over the past two centuries, nor that explicit provision for its transfer to the British Crown was made in the peace treaty with the Maharajah of Lahore which concluded the war of 1849. 'I could not advise Her Majesty the Queen that it should be surrendered.'

Historian Andrew Roberts told the Mail on Sunday: "Those involved in this ludicrous case should recognise that the British Crown Jewels is precisely the right place for the Koh-i-Noor diamond to reside, in grateful recognition for over three centuries of British involvement in India, which led to the modernisation, development, protection, agrarian advance, linguistic unification and ultimately the democratisation of the sub-continent."

According to legend, the gem can only be worn by God or women, and whoever wears the jewel will become extremely powerful, but if a man wears it, he will meet an unfortunate end.

The UK Government has so far rejected the claims.