NEW DELHI, India: The name of Dr. Gurdial Singh Dhillon, the former Agriculture Minister who was dropped in the recent Cabinet reshuffle, heads a panel of names being considered by the Prime Minister for appointment as India’s High Commissioner in London, it is learnt.

The post of High Commissioner has fallen vacant after the nomination of Dr. P.C. Alexander as Tamil Nadu Governor.

If Dr. Dhillon is chosen by the Prime Minister, it will be the second diplomatic assignment for him. He served a full term as India’s High Commissioner in Ottawa. Earlier, he was Lok Sabha Speaker.

Among the other names being mentioned for the London posting are those of a Planning Commission member, Mr. Abid Hussain, and India’s Ambassador to Pakistan, Mr. S.K. Singh.

After Dr. Alexander’s departure from London, Mr. Salman Haider, number two in High Commission, is acting in his place.

Article extracted from this publication >> March 4, 1988