Bangalore: NRI doctor and Mayor of London
borough of Lambeth Neeraj Patil on Saturday said the Kohinoor
diamond should be returned to India as a "good gesture."
"As far as Kohinoor is concerned, my political mentor
Keith Vaz and I hold the same opinion. I think Kohinoor
belongs to India and it should be returned", he told reporters
"I am very much in favour of Britain returning the diamond
as a good gesture", he said.
Kohinoor is a 105-carat diamond that was once the largest
known diamond in the world originated in India. It was seized
by East India Company and became part of the British Crown
Jewels when Queen Victoria was proclaimed Empress of India in
1877 and is currently in the custody of the British crown.
In July, British Prime Minister David Cameron had said
the gem could not be returned to India as the move would set
an unworkable precedent.
Vaz, a Labour MP, had said it would be a very fitting for
the KohiNoor to return to the country in which it was mined.