The court gave the time as Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar told it that the stand was that of the cultural affairs ministry but the "ministry of external affairs is also a party and their response is yet to come".
The 108-carat diamond was presented to the then British monarch, Queen Victoria, in 1850 after the Anglo-Sikh wars, in which Britain gained control over the Sikh empire in the then undivided Punjab. Reacting to the development, Congress spokesperson Shakeel Ahmad said: "People are emotionally attached with the Kohinoor and it is not a mere stone for them. The then government tried to bring it back in 1953 also but the efforts did not fructify. Nonetheless, the government should not give up and must continue with its efforts to bring the Kohinoor back to India."