SAD chief seeks PM's intervention over judicial appointments

PTI | Chandigarh | Updated: 16-08-2022 21:42 IST | Created: 16-08-2022 21:42 IST
SAD chief seeks PM's intervention over judicial appointments
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Shiromani Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Singh Badal on Tuesday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene over the ''omission of members of the Sikh community'' in the latest list of advocates appointed additional judges of the Punjab and Haryana High Court. The Centre has notified the appointment of 11 advocates as additional judges of the high court.

In a letter to the PM, the Shiromani Akali Dal president said, ''I am confident that you will be concerned that not a single member from the Sikh community has been chosen for elevation,'' ''This has caused immense dismay as this comes at a time when there is not a single Sikh judge in the Supreme Court,'' he said.

Badal said there was no dearth of Sikh and other Punjabi legal luminaries who had distinguished themselves in serving the society.

''Such able personalities should be considered for elevation to the top courts of the country, including the Punjab and Haryana High Court,'' he said urging the prime minister to personally intervene in the matter and rectify the situation.

Telling the prime minister that a wrong message has been sent to the nationalistic Sikh community with their omission from top judicial appointments, Badal said the community has contributed the most to the freedom struggle as well as guarding the frontiers of the country.

''The Sikh community has given the nation revolutionaries like Shaheed-e-Azam Bhagat Singh. As many as 121 members of the Sikh community have kissed the gallows in the fight for freedom. As many as 2,147 Sikhs were interred at Kala Pani (Andaman and Nicobar islands) from among the total 2,646 inmates incarcerated there as part of their life sentence. All this is a matter of record,'' he wrote.

Badal also informed the PM that besides the issue of judicial appointments, Punjabis had been severely victimised in the past.

''We are the only ones who do not have their own capital; we don't have right over our waters as per the riparian principle and have lost our Punjabi speaking areas at the time of reorganisation of the State,'' he said. ''We have also been adversely affected because our neighbours were given special economic packages,'' he said requesting the prime minister to take up all pending issues including that of judicial appointments sympathetically.

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