kohinoorA day after the Centre told the Supreme Court that ‘Kohinoor’ was not forcibly taken from India, senior Rashtriya Swayam Sevak (RSS) leader Indresh Kumar contradicted government’s stand saying that the diamond should be returned to India.

“Kohinoor is India’s asset and should be returned to India,” he said in a statement.

Appearing on behalf of the Centre, the Solicitor General told the Supreme Court that Koh-i-Noor was not stolen by the British, but it was gifted by Maharaja Ranjit Singh to the East India Company.

‘It is the stand of the Culture Ministry, MEA is also a party and there response is yet to come,’ the Solicitor General told the apex court.

Meanwhile, the top court asked the Centre to file a detailed reply within six weeks.