Shree Jagannath Sena, a Puri-based outfit, submitted a memorandum to the President, searching for her intervention to facilitate the procedure of bringing lower back the Kohinoor diamond to the 12th-century shrine.
A socio-cultural agency of Odisha has claimed that the Kohinoor diamond belonged to Lord Jagannath, and sought the intervention of President Droupadi Murmu for its return to the historic Puri temple from the United Kingdom.
Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her son Prince Charles has emerge as the King and, as according to norms, the 105-carat diamond will visit his wife the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, who is the Queen consort.
Shree Jagannath Sena, a Puri-primarily based outfit, submitted a memorandum to the President, in search of her intervention to facilitate the technique of bringing again the Kohinoor diamond to the 12th-century shrine.
“The Kohinoor diamond belongs to Sri Jagannath Bhagban. It is now with the Queen of England. Kindly request our Prime Minister to take steps to deliver it to India… As Maharaja Ranjit Singh donated it to God Jagannath in his will,” Sena convener Priya Darsan Pattnaik said within the memorandum.
Priya Darsan Pattnaik claimed that Maharaja of Punjab Ranjit Singh had donated the diamond to the Puri Lord after he gained a struggle against Nadir Shah of Afghanistan.
However, it become now not exceeded over without delay. Ranjit Singh died in 1839 and, 10 years later, the British took the Kohinoor faraway from his son, Duleep Singh, although they had been conscious that it turned into bequeathed to Lord Jagannath at Puri, historian and researcher Anil Dhir told PTI.
Priya Darsan Pattnaik asserted that after he despatched a letter to the Queen on this regard, he acquired a verbal exchange from Buckingham Palace on October 19, 2016, asking him to enchantment immediately to the UK government as “Her Majesty acts on the advice of her ministers and remains strictly non-political at all times”.
A copy of that letter has been attached to the memorandum to the President, he said.
Asked why he was silent on the issue for six years, Priya Darsan Pattnaik stated he was denied a Visa to visit England due to which he could not soak up the problem similarly with the United Kingdom government.
Sena’s claim is justified although there are numerous claimants like Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s heirs, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Dhir said.
“Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s will earlier than his death said that he donated the Kohinoor to Lord Jagannath. The file changed into licensed through a British Army officer, the proof of that’s to be had on the National Archives in Delhi,” said the historian.
Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Member of Parliament (MP) Bhupinder Singh had raised the issue of bringing the diamond returned, in the Rajya Sabha in 2016.
The BJP Member of Legislative Assembly(MLA) of Puri, Jayant Sarangi, also said he would take in the problem within the Odisha Assembly.
The Kohinoor diamond turned into “surrendered” via the Maharaja of Lahore to the then Queen of England and “now not handed over” to the British almost one hundred seventy years ago, the Archaeological Survey of India spoke back to an RTI question a few years in the past.
Author and historian William Dalrymple cited in his book, “Kohinoor” that child Sikh inheritor Duleep Singh regretted having surrendered the jewel to Queen Victoria. However, he additionally wished to present it to the Queen as a person.
The Indian authorities’s stand within the Supreme Court become that the diamond, estimated to price over USD 2 hundred million, became neither stolen nor “forcibly” taken through British rulers, but given to the East India Company by way of erstwhile rulers of Punjab.
Considered to be one of the global’s maximum treasured gems, the Kohinoor was reportedly discovered in India in the 14th century at some point of coal mining in the Kollur mine in South India.