Sheila, Sikh delegation meets Sonia

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and a delegation of Sikh leaders on Thursday met and thanked UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the government`s decision to remove names of 142 Sikhs from a blacklist.

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit and a delegation of Sikh leaders on Thursday met and thanked
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the government`s decision to
remove names of 142 Sikhs from a blacklist.

Dikshit, Education Minister Arvinder Singh Lovely and
hundreds of Sikh leaders representing various organisations
met Gandhi at her residence and conveyed their gratitude for
providing the "relief" to the NRI Sikhs.

"We expressed our gratitude to Soniaji for taking up
the issue with the government," Lovely said.

The Centre has deleted names of 142 NRI Sikhs from the
black list after a detailed review while the exercise is still
continuing in 27 other cases, Home Minister P Chidambaram had
said yesterday.

The NRI Sikhs whose names were mentioned in the black
list are alleged to have been routinely denied travel
permission to the country on grounds that they had taken part
in anti-national activities during insurgency period in
Punjab.

PTI

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