Sikhs Farmers of Gujarat Reject Punjab Gov’s Advocate

Sikh farmers settled in Gujarat, who are battling the state’s decision to evict them permanently citing a land use law, have opposed a move by Punjab to depute its advocate general Ashok Aggarwal to argue their case in the Supreme Court.

Group Meeting. August 2013 Photo by Janak Patel

“It is our fundamental right to appoint a lawyer of our choice and no lawyer can be thrust upon us by any legal party in the garb of legal aid,” a letter signed by some of the affected families said.

HT had first reported a National Commission for Minorities report that the Narendra Modi-led Gujarat government had “prima facie” discriminated against the state’s 500-member Sikh community in Kutch by ordering them to sell their land and return to Punjab because they were not Gujaratis, citing the Bombay Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act 1948.

Originally Published By: Hindustan Times

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