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Sikh lawyer may lose top honour

Lawyer T Sher Singh may be stripped of the Order of Canada after being disbarred for professional misconduct.

world Updated: Sep 18, 2007 01:40 IST

A veteran Sikh lawyer and activist may be stripped of his Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour, as early as next month after being disbarred for professional misconduct.

The Governor General's office said that the advisory council of the Order of Canada, the body that reviews all nominations and appointments, will reconsider the 2002 investiture of T Sher Singh when it meets this fall.

"The advisory council will review the matter at its earliest opportunity," Marie-Paule Thorn, a spokesperson for Governor General Michaklle Jean, said. "They are scheduled to meet in the fall and they will review that at the same time as they review all the nominations planned for that time."

Singh's 2002 citation from the Governor General's office said the honour was in recognition of his "vast record of public service."

Singh, who lives and practiced in Guelph, was disbarred over allegations he failed to serve his clients, mishandled trust funds, improperly took $2,000 from a client and practiced law after he had already been suspended by the law society in November 2005.

Singh has been a prominent advocate of race relations, and was appointed to a provincial task force on the matter in 1989. He is also a former member of the Ontario Police Commission.