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1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom Congress Seeks Time Until June 24 To Respond To 1984 Charges

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NEW YORK: The Congress Party has sought time till June 24 from a US court to respond to charges of "conspiring, aiding, abetting" the anti-Sikh riots of 1984 in a case filed by a community group.

Adam Finkel, from New York-based law firm Sabharwal Nordin & Finkel which is also a counsel for Union Minister Kamal Nath in this case, also wrote to Judge Robert Sweet requesting for a conference.

Earlier this month, a federal district court in New York summoned the Congress Party in a civil action filed by New York-based organisation Sikh For Justice that levelled charges on the party of "conspiring, aiding, abetting and carrying out organised attacks on the Sikh population of India" in 1984.

The lawyers representing the party has sought time till June 24 to file a response.

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun , legal advisor to SFJ, said the group would oppose the request for extra time.

"Congress' request for time to file response is part of its plan to stall the case, delay the prosecution and tire out the witnesses and victims, as it has done for the past 26 years," he said.

"Three months is very reasonable... and they don't have an excuse".

Pannun added that a response was expected by April 1. The case, which was filed last year in New York, initially targeted Nath who has repeatedly denied any involvement.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/congress-seeks-time-till-june-24-to-respond-to-1984-charges/articleshow/7792320.cms
 

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Congress seeks time till in 1984 anti-Sikh riots case
2011-03-26 09:40:00

New York, March 26 (IANS) India's Congress party has asked a US court time until June 24 to answer charges in a case filed by a Sikh community group alleging genocide in the November 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

The Congress request was filed in the District Court for the Southern District of New York Friday by law firm Sabharwal, Nordin and Finkel, which is also co-counsel for Indian Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath in this case for his alleged role in the riots.

The lawyers sought more time while reserving the Congress party's 'right to dispute service, jurisdiction, venue, immunity, statute of limitations' and also requested a conference at the Court's discretion.

Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) alleged 'Congress's request for time to file response is part of its plan to stall the case, delay the prosecution and tire out the witnesses and victims, as it has done for the past 26 years'.

SFJ will oppose Congress's effort to seek additional time, Pannun said.

The Congress was summoned March 1 to respond to the class action law suit filed under Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) for allegedly 'conspiring, aiding, abetting and carrying out organized attacks on Sikh population of India in November 1984.'

The plaintiffs had already announced that they will file for default judgment if Congress failed to file an answer in the court by April 1.

http://www.sify.com/news/congress-seeks-time-till-in-1984-anti-sikh-riots-case-news-international-ld0jEecaiic.html
 

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