Lahore High Court Justice Khalid Mahmood Khan yesterday overruled the objection by the court's registrar office to the petition which has named Queen Elizabeth II and British High Commission in Pakistan respondents in the case.
The plea filed by Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffry made Pakistan's claim over the 105-carat gem on the basis that it hailed from the territory that became Pakistan in 1947.
The court directed the office to fix the petition before any appropriate bench for hearing. In December last year, the registrar office's had dismissed the plea terming it as non-maintainable and said that the court had no jurisdiction to hear the case against the British Queen.
The petitioner filed a fresh application in the high court pleading that in Britain the Queen is respondent in every case. "Why not she can be made respondent in a case in Pakistan," he argued in the court.
In the petition, Jaffry argued that Britain "forcibly and under duress" stole the diamond from Daleep Singh, grandson of Maharaja Ranjeet Singh, and took it to Britain.
"The diamond became part of the crown of incumbent Queen Elizabeth-II at the time of her crowing in 1953. Queen Elizabeth has no right on the Koh-i-Noor diamond," he said.

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