Odishatv Bureau

Puri: The Queen of Britain has expressed her inability in the matter relating to the return of Kohinoor diamond.

“I have been asked to write in response to your letter which you wrote on behalf of the members of Sri Jagannath Sena. I apologise for the delay in replying which is due to the amount of mail recently received. While your comments have been noted, I must explain that this is not a matter in which The Queen would intervene. As a constitutional Sovereign, Her Majesty acts on the advice of her Ministers and remains strictly non-political at all times. Therefore, any such appeal should be made directly to the United Kingdom Government, said a letter, written by Miss Jennie Vine, Deputy Correspondence Coordinator on behalf of the Queen of Britain to Sri Jagannath Sena yesterday.

Talking to media persons here today, Priyadarshan Patnaik, convener of Sri Jagannath Sena, said the Queen of Britain in her reply to the letter of Sri Jagannath Sena has said the matter does not come under her purview. She has suggested us to take up the matter with the government of United Kingdom (UK).

“We will apprise the Government of India about the matter and if necessary, will have a direct talk with the UK Government,” he added.

Notably, the then king of Punjab Ranvir Singh had dedicated the Kohinoor diamond to Lord Jagannath.

However, the rare gemstone was later taken away by the British government.

After getting historical evidence on this, Sri Jagannth Sena had written a letter to the Queen of Britain requesting her to take necessary steps to return the Kohinoor diamond which belongs to Lord Jagannath.