New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) has strongly contradicted Centre’s stand on priceless ‘Koh-i-Noor’ diamond that was ”neither stolen, nor forcibly taken but gifted to the Britishers” by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
RSS leader Indresh Kumar had said, ”Koh-i-noor is India’s property and it should be brought back.”
The statement from senior RSS leader came a day after the central government told the Supreme Court that India should not claim the Koh-i-noor diamond since it was not stolen by the British but was in fact gifted by Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
In a submission made on Monday, the Solicitor General appearing on behalf of the Centre told the apex court that ‘Koh-i-Noor’ was gifted by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to the East India Company.
It is the stand of the Culture Ministry and Ministry of External Affairs is also a party and a response is yet to come from them, the Solicitor General told the apex court.
The apex court then asked the Centre to file a detailed reply within six weeks.