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1984 Anti-Sikh Pogrom India's Congress Party Summoned By US Court


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
NEW DELHI: The Congress Party of India has been summoned by a US court to appear on April 1, 2011 to respond to the charges of conspiring, aiding, abetting and organizing large scale anti-Sikh violence in India in 1984.

Even as the deadline of April 1, 2011, given by the US Court summons to the Congress Party, to respond to the charges of "conspiring, aiding, abetting and organizing" the large scale anti-Sikh violence in India in 1984 gets close, the party seems to be undecided of its response and is still considering different options.

The summons were issued on March 1, 2011 by the US District Court for Southern District of New York based on a law suit filed by a human rights group, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) which has taken up the cause of securing justice for victims of the anti Sikh violence that took hold of India in the autumn of 84, particularly in Delhi, in which over three thousand Sikhs lost their lives.

The anti Sikh violence erupted in the first week of Nov 84 when Indira Gandhi, leader of the Congress Party and Prime Minister of India, was killed by her Sikh bodyguards for ordering the assault on the Golden Temple in Amritsar in June 84.

Sikhs complain that despite clear evidence pointing to the role played by well known Congress Party Leaders in directing the violence no one has been punished nor adequate compensation offered for the colossal loss of life and property.

"It the Congress Party did not respond to the summons of the US federal Court by April 1, 2011, SFJ will ask the Court to enter a default against the Congress (I)," SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannum told the media.

The default judgment will enable the victims of the anti Sikh violence to pursue criminal prosecution of Congress (I) leadership under the "Human Rights Enforcement act of 2009" which provides the basis for US Court to prosecute foreign nationals involved in committing crimes against humanity," said Pannum.


Mai Harinder Kaur

Oct 5, 2006
British Columbia, Canada

Anti-Sikh riots of 1984: Congress to respond on June 24 to US court

PTI / Saturday, March 26, 2011 12:29 IST
The Congress 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 in a civil action filed by New York-based organisation Sikh For Justice (SFJ) 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 adviser 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. The proceedings are still at the pre-trial stage.

URL of the article: http://www.dnaindia.com/india/repor...to-respond-on-june-24-to-us-court_1524534-all