Chandigarh, November 21, 2023: Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal today urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene and direct notification of the appointment of two sikh lawyers whose case for appointment as judges in the Punjab and Haryana high court had been cleared by the Supreme Court collegium.
Sukhbir Badal said that it was shocking to learn that the central govt has not approved the case of two Sikh lawyers cleared by the Supreme Court collegium for appointment as judges of the Punjab and Haryana high court. They are the only ones in the list of five proposed judges whose cases haven’t been approved.
“This kind of discrimination with Sikh community has taken place earlier also. And every time it sends a wrong message to the minorities”, he said.
Badal appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene immediately to clear the appointment of both Sikh lawyers as judges and also issue necessary instructions to end the current pick and choose policy which has gone against the interests of the minority community. The Supreme Court has also raised a question on it today.
Asserting that such discrimination had occurred earlier also, Badal said “the recommendation of the Supreme Court collegium should be given due weightage and the government should not withhold any name on extraneous grounds”.
He said both the recommendations of Mr Grewal and Mr Nalwa deserved to be cleared for appointment to the Punjab and Haryana high court and should be notified at the earliest.