CHANDIGARH, Punjab—Justice Markandey Katju will be the chief guest at a conference being organized by Sikhs for Human Rights on December 10 in Chandigarh. Conference is being organized to address recent human rights violations and growing intolerance in Punjab. Conference will take place at the Makhan Shah Lubhana Hall, Sector 30, Chandigarh from 1 to 4 PM.
Justice Katju was met by a delegation of the Dal Khalsa and Panch Pardhani who requested him to attend the conference and speak on human rights. A number of issues were raised by the Sikh delegation – including recent arrests of Sikh leaders, sedition charges, farmer rights and hunger strike of Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa.
Justice Katju has accepted the invitation to attend the conference. In a post made on Facebook, Justice Kajtu shared that he is well aware of the corruption within the Punjab Government. “For quite some time I have been receiving reports of the autocratic and zalim behaviour of the Badal govt. This cannot be tolerated anymore, and must stop,” he stated.
He added, “In a democracy, the people are supreme, and they have a right to criticize the govt. So the bureaucrats and police officers of Punjab who do such illegal acts of arresting and slapping trumped up charges against critics of the State Govt. at the behest of their political masters are accessories to high crimes.”
Justice Markandey Katju has a track record for addressing human rights violations. In 2014, he had given a statement seeking release of Prof. Davinderpal Singh Bhullar on humanitarian basis.