New Delhi: With the issue of Kohinoor diamond and other priceless Indian artefacts taken by British apparently weighing heavily on his mind, a former MP has made a strong plea to the UK to return all the "colonial loot" to set an example to the youth in that country.

"I believe that, you as a leader, can prevail upon the government of UK to return all the colonial loot to the respective countries including Asia, Africa and India," Sanjay Dalmia, a former MP of the Samajwadi Party, said in a letter to Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

This, he said, "will set an example to the youth in your country that 'loot' is not a matter of pride any more- but a crime."

Dalmia recalled that Blair was hailed at a lawyers' meet during the first term of her husband's premiership when she had said that there cannot be two sets of laws -- one for the whites and one for the rest of the people -- and the wrong should be undone.

He objected to the display of 'colonial loot' at the Tower of London and other places. It had a "very bad impact" on the British youth, he said and referred to the recent riots in Britain which saw arson and loot on the streets.

Kohinoor, the 105-carat diamond, which was mined in Andhra Pradesh and is set in the coronation crown of British royalty, is now kept at the Tower of London, a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in the British capital.

(Agencies)