Thursday, December 31, 2009

Knighthood for UK's first Sikh judge

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    • Britain’s first Indian-origin judge - a man known for his outspoken and uncompromising views - was Thursday named for the country’s topmost honour.

      Judge Mota Singh, who once shredded the US-led war on terror in an address at the US embassy in London, was named for a knighthood in the British Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

    • Singh hit the headlines in 1967 when he appeared in a British court as a turban-wearing barrister. In 1982, upon becoming Britain’s first Asian judge, he again insisted on wearing his turban rather than the traditional judge’s wig to court.
    • The last Indian-origin man to be knighted was the writer Salman Rushdie in 2007.

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