PBT’s appeal against the Gujarat High Court’s dismissal of PIL against Dr. Ketan Desai’s election to the Gujarat University Senate will be taken up by the Supreme Court (SC) on March 28, 2011. The Gujarat HC made a clearly discriminatory observation that non-resident Indians (NRIs) have no “public interest” for people living in India and dismissed the PIL against Dr. Desai on this ground because PBT’s president, Dr. Kunal Saha, is an NRI. This overtly biased judgment by the Gujarat HC has been the focal point of the special leave petition (SLP) filed by PBT in the Apex Court (click here to see the SLP PBT v. Dr. Ketan Desai (SC SLP Civil no. 7601/2011)
PBT president has sent a letter to Mr. Vayalar Ravi, Minister of the Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA), urging him to intervene in the upcoming PIL in the Apex Court to oppose the strong anti-NRI views expressed by the Gujarat HC. NRIs are also patriotic for their motherland despite living in foreign countries for various personal or professional purposes. The NRI community has been contributing to the economic, social and technological progress of India. There is no reason to attack the NRIs and paint them in a negative light. Apart from the PBT president, numerous NRIs are actively involved with humanitarian work in India. We hope that the MOIA will join in this lawsuit and help to overturn the blatant anti-NRI views expressed by the Gujarat HC.
Click here to see the letter to MOIA Let to MOIA (March 15, 2011)