Toronto: Canada has stripped an India-born lawyer of a major civilian award, for professional misconduct and misappropriation of funds.

T. Sher Singh, a member of Canada’s Sikh community, was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2001 for his contributions to society and different religions. In 2007 he was found guilty of professional misconduct and barred from the profession by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

As a lawyer in southern Ontario he failed to serve his clients, mishandled trust funds, misappropriated $2,000 from a client and continued to practise law after being suspended in November 2005.

His appointment to the order was terminated in December 2008, and a notice was published in the official gazette on March 28, 2009, a release said.

The termination is “pursuant to the Law Society of Upper Canada finding Mr. Singh guilty of professional misconduct and revoking his licence to practise law,” the Governor General’s office said.

Singh came to Toronto from Patna in the early 1970s. He has become the third person to be stripped of it. — PTI

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