Tuesday, September 27, 2022



Majoritarian Consolidation’ in the Judiciary, not a health trend in inclusive India: Bir Devinder Singh

Chandigarh, August 16, 2022 (Yes Punjab News)
Center’s notification appointing 11 Additional judges for Punjab & Haryana High Court is remindful of the mindset, ostensibly working on the doctrine of ‘Majoritarian Consolidation’ that obviously manifest a proven communal bias against the minority Sikh community.

It is serious setback to the much-proliferated dogma of ‘Inclusive India’. I wonder, what kind of the spirit of inclusivity it reflects, when the name of even one Sikh Judge does not figure in the list of 11 Judges, appointed as Additional Judges of the Punjab & Haryana High Court as per the notification, issued by Govt. of India.

Not questioning the ability of the judges so appointed in the list, my fundamental objection remains that, if the Sikh Judges are not appointed in Punjab & Haryana High Court, out of the senior advocates, practicing in the Punjab & Haryana High Court, then where else their names would be fairly considered for elevation as Judges?

It is quite disgusting and humiliating for the Sikh Community to digest that the system of jurisprudence of India, did not consider or find even one person from amongst the 31 Senior Advocates belonging to the minority Sikh Community, capable of becoming the Additional Judge of the High Court? It speaks volumes of the communal mindset of the present dispensation of the BJP-RSS combine which is systematically obliterating the role of Minority Communities in the Judiciary of India .

Unfortunately, such a glaring and unprincipled overlooking with deliberate intent of invidious inequality has befallen upon the Sikh community, when the Nation is celebrating its 75th year of Independence, for which the Sikhs have made innumerable sacrifices.

Therefore, I would urge the Hon’ble Chief Justice of India and the Ministry of law & Justice to urgently revisit the list of recently appointed Additional Judges of the Punjab & Haryana High Court to take appropriate recourse with a balanced view and make suitable amends, in view of the spirit of the Constitution and also in view of the plurality of inclusive India.

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