He is first Judge from any ethnic minority community in England 3rd May 2010: The UK’s first Sikh and Asian judge Mota Singh, to be knighted by the Queen, has been chosen for the Pride of Sikh Community Award.
President of the British Sikh Association, Rami Ranger, MBE, presented the award to Sir Mota Singh at a function organised to celebrate Baisakhi at South Ruislip.
Ranger said Sir Mota Singh was the first turbaned Sikh Judge in Britain; his judgment was never challenged in the higher courts.
Shadow Justice Secretary Dominic Grieve, Ealing Southall MP Virender Sharma and Chairman and Managing Director of Punjab National Bank K R Kamath were among those persons present on the occasion.
Mota Singh is the first Judge from any ethnic minority community in England.
Born and brought up in Kenya, Mota Singh was also the Queen’s Counsel. He had left for England in 1954 to study law. But returned to Kenya and practised for eight years. He became a Member of Parliament and Secretary of the Law Society of Kenya. But went back to England in 1965 and started practising at Bar.
Within 11 years, he became Queen’s Counsel. Subsequently, he was elevated as a part time, then a full time, Judge. Mota Singh was knighted in the Queen’s New Year Honours List for "services to the Administration of Justice, Community Relations and to the Voluntary Sector".
His decision to put on a white turban in the court, rather than a wig, was seen as a sign of a multicultural Britain.