Not only did Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan overruled an objection to the petition by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffry, he also directed the registrar’s office to fix the petition before any appropriate bench for hearing.
The petition names Queen Elizabeth II and British High Commission in Pakistan as respondents, and demands that the 105-carat gem should be returned to Pakistan because it was “stolen” from the region that is now part of the country since 1947.
It was then that the petitioner moved the High Court.
Maharaja Ranjit Singh
“Koh-i-Noor was not legitimately acquired. Grabbing and snatching it was a private, illegal act which is justified by no law or ethics. A wrong is a wrong. It does not become righteous or right by passage of time or even acquiescence,” he said in the petition.
The Koh-i-Noor is one of the Crown Jewels and is now on display in the Tower of London. In 1953, it became part of Queen Elizabeth-II at the time of her crowing.
The Koh-i-Noor sits on the Queen’s crown.
Keith Vaz, the British-Indian Labour MP, too had extended his support to the plea that coincided with Indian PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the country.