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First Sikh judge of UK high court sworn in

world Updated: Oct 11, 2011 14:46 IST

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Rabinder Singh, a leading lawyer who successfully appeared on behalf of Indian doctors in an immigration case in 2007, has been sworn in as the first Sikh judge of the high court at the royal courts of justice.

Singh, 47, is the son of Indian immigrants, and studied at the Bristol Grammar School and the University of Cambridge.

Singh is the first Sikh judge of the high court, but not the first Sikh to be appointed to a senior level in Britain's judiciary.

The first Sikh and Asian to be appointed a judge was Mota Singh, who was knighted in 2010.

A leading human rights lawyer, Rabinder Singh told the Law Society Gazette: "I am a barrister who happens to be a Sikh. I have always tried to be a role model, by the work I do. I haven't said, 'I'm a Sikh barrister, look at what I do'. I’ve just said, 'Look at what I do'. Everyone can see what I am."

Singh is best known through his work suggesting that the 2003 invasion of Iraq broke international law and for his part in the landmark 2004 House of Lords case that outlawed indefinite detention of foreign terror suspects.