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Sikh farmers reject help

delhi Updated: Aug 23, 2013 00:56 IST
Zia Haq
Ashok Aggarwal

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.

"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.