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SCI Rejects Petition Against Removal of Names from Sikh Blacklist

July 13, 2016 | By

New Delhi: As per media reports the Supreme Court of India has refused to entertain a PIL (public interest litigation) seeking a directive to the Centre and the Punjab Government against the (alleged) ‘reckless’ removal of names of some Sikhs from the so-called blacklist.

A Bench comprising Justice PC Ghose and Justice Amitava Roy told petitioner Ashish Bansal, who maintains to be a researcher in “terrorism”, that he had no locus standi to file a PIL as none of his fundamental rights was violated by the governments’ action.

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The Bench added that it was not the judiciary’s job to decide whose names should be added to or removed from such lists.

The petitioner said the government had ignored alleged “national unity and security considerations” while removing the names of 141 persons from the blacklist in 2011-12, of whom 35 were later reinserted.

Notably, the black list of Sikhs residing abroad were prepared by the Indian State in 1980s in its’ attempt to contain diaspora Sikh activism. The lists are still in use and exact number or details of persons so blacklisted were never known.

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