Queen’s Medal recipient says he deserves award despite weapons charges

Published: February 12, 2013

THE CANADIAN PRESS

Maninder Gill is managing director of Radio India in Surrey.

Maninder Gill is managing director of Radio India in Surrey. Submitted photo

A Surrey man who received a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal from the federal NDP while facing firearms charges says he deserves the award for raising $10 million for charity through his family’s radio station.

Maninder Gill said Tuesday that New Democrat MP Jinny Sims awarded him the medal at a banquet hall in Surrey on the weekend and that about 30 others were also recognized for their community service.

Gill, 49, said the charges he faces stem from an August 2010 incident when he was attacked by what he called “Khalistani goons” with knives for his stance against Sikh extremism by people vying for a separate state carved out of India’s northern province of Punjab.

“This issue is only from Khalistani goons. I always speak against people who want an independent state in India. These are local people.”

Gill, the managing director of Radio India, said he was exiting a temple with his wife, niece and daughter after giving a speech when the incident occurred and that he was acting in self-defence.

Two charges, including attempted murder, were dropped and he now faces “four or five minor charges,” Gill said.

One man was shot in the leg during the incident outside the temple.

“I have been honoured by the provincial government . . . I’ve spent my whole life for raising money with radio-thons.”

Gill said former premier Gordon Campbell recognized him in 2009 for his efforts to raise money for local hospitals and the victims of earthquakes in Pakistan and Haiti.

Sims said in a statement she was not aware of Gill’s pending trial when she awarded him the medal.

“I recognize the seriousness of the crime he has been accused of committing and apologize to those who were offended that he was presented with the medal,” Sims said.

“The Canadian legal system treats everyone fairly by ensuring that each accused person is considered to be innocent until they are found to be guilty in a court of law. It is therefore my responsibility to reserve making any other comments until this issues has been adjudicated by the court system.”

Thousands of people across Canada are being awarded Diamond Jubilee medals by MPs for their social contributions to mark the Queen’s 60th anniversary on the throne.


Tags:





Featured

ATM-snakes

Bank customer flees after snake found sleeping by ATM machine

CEN AGENCY A bank customer in India fled when he went to use a cashpoint machine and found a four-foot cobra coiled up in front…
Continue Reading »

tea plantation deaths-missing

Sri Lanka says no hope finding survivors after tea plantation mudslide (w/gallery)

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS KOSLANDA, Sri Lanka — Hundreds of desperate Sri Lankan villagers dug with bare hands through the broken red earth of a deadly…
Continue Reading »

WEST VANCOUVER SOCCER DESI

West Van barber bringing joy of soccer to refugee kids

LARISSA CAHUTE THE PROVINCE When West Vancouver’s Michel Ibrahim travelled to Lebanon more than 20 years ago, he was shocked to find what few resources…
Continue Reading »

LOCAL NEWS

TransCanada files application to NEB for Energy East crude pipeline

THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) says its regulatory application for the proposed Energy East pipeline is a massive document with 30,000 pages…
Continue Reading »

TransCanada files application to NEB for Energy East crude pipeline

THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) says its regulatory application for the proposed Energy East pipeline is a massive document with 30,000 pages…
Continue Reading »

TransCanada files application to NEB for Energy East crude pipeline

THE CANADIAN PRESS CALGARY – TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) is filing its regulatory application for the proposed Energy East pipeline today. TransCanada says the document being…
Continue Reading »

Don't Miss...

Smart 21 communities

Surrey named among World’s Smart21 Communities of 2015

VANCOUVER DESI SURREY, B.C. – The Intelligent Community Forum has named the City of Surrey as one of the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2015. As one…
Continue Reading »

elephant crushes woman to death

Elephant crushes woman to death at India’s nature reserve

CEN AGENCY A school teacher was crushed to death by an elephant when it knocked her over with its trunk and then stood on her….
Continue Reading »

Crime-Vancouver-BC

Surrey Six murders: Allegations of weekend sex party, ‘sordid’ affair between investigator and potential witness rock case

KEITH FRASER VANCOUVER DESI The Surrey Six case heard details Tuesday of allegations of sexual improprieties involving a second senior RCMP officer. When charges were…
Continue Reading »

CBC-sexual behaviour-lawsuit

Jian Ghomeshi’s CBC lawsuit is hopeless — even if he’s telling the truth

HOWARD LEVITT FINANCIAL POST Jian Ghomeshi’s $50-million lawsuit against the CBC has everything to do with strategy and PR — but nothing to do with…
Continue Reading »

Wedding Canopy Toran

Significance of Toran and Rangoli

KIM TREHAN VANCOUVER DESI  Hello! Last week, Indians across the globe celebrated a festival called Diwali.  Although the festival itself has no significance to weddings, there…
Continue Reading »


Bollywood Latest

Ismaili musicians - Aga Khan foundation

Salim-Sulaiman show underlines Vancouver’s rising Bollywood cachet

LARISSA CAHUTE VANCOUVER DESI With big-time Bollywood composers Salim-Sulaiman set to kick off their North American tour at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday, it…
Continue Reading »

Shah Rukh Khan

Burdwan blast: Shah Rukh Khan prays for better times for Bengal

IANS Kolkata – Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, West Bengal’s brand ambassador, Wednesday expressed his unwillingness to talk about the terror blast in Burdwan, but…
Continue Reading »

Ayesha Takia Azmi vegan

Chic Bollywood actress Ayesha Takia poses with a chick for PETA (w/gallery)

IANS New Delhi – Ahead of World Vegan Day on Nov 1, actress Ayesha Takia has posed with a fluffy chick for a new ad…
Continue Reading »