March 23, 2011 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New York: (March 22, 2011): Congress (I) has been “served” with the “summons” issued on March 1, 2011 by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for conspiring, aiding, abetting and carrying out organized attacks on Sikh population of India in November 1984.
The service of summons on Congress (I) starts the 21 deadline for Congress (I) to respond to the class action law suit filed (SFJ v. Congress (I) SDNY (10 CV 2940)) under Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA). The case against Congress (I) has been filed by “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ) a US based human rights group along with several Sikh individuals from different states and cities of India who witnessed and survived attacks in November 1984.
According to attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ), “if 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 Congress (I)”. The default judgment against Congress (I) will give the victims of November 1984 an opportunity to seek compensatory and punitive damages from Congress (I) for the party’s role in genocidal attack on Sikhs during November 1984.
The default judgment against Congress (I) will pave the way for filing criminal complaints against Congress (I) leadership under various international laws for violation of human rights and committing Genocide of Sikhs in November 1984. In US, criminal prosecution of Congress (I) leadership will be sought under the “Human Rights Enforcement Act of 2009” which specifically gives jurisdiction to the US Courts to prosecute foreign nationals who are suspected of committing crimes against humanity.
Since the documentation gathered by SFJ proves that it’s the Congress (I) that organized and carried out genocidal attacks on Sikhs population in 18 states and more than 100 cities of India, SFJ will move U.S. Department of State to ban the entry into US of Sonia Gandhi, President of Congress (I) and other leaders of the Congress party into the United States, added attorney Pannun who practices Human Rights Law in United States.
As per the Government of India’s record a total of 3296 Sikhs were killed during November 1984 throughout India. However, out of 35,535 claims for deaths and injuries received throughout India, more than 20,000 claims were from Bihar, Chhatisgarh, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir; Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttara Khand, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal.
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Related Topics: 1984 Sikh Genocide, Indian National Congress, Kamal Nath, Sikhs for Justice