PM Modi immune from human rights lawsuit in US

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is immune from the human rights violation lawsuit filed against him for his alleged role in 2002 communal riots in Gujarat when he was the state's chief minister, the US said on Monday.

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is immune from the human rights violation lawsuit filed against him for his alleged role in 2002 communal riots in Gujarat when he was the state's chief minister, the US said on Monday.

US Attorney Preet Bharara told a federal court in New York that the Executive Branch of the US government "has determined that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as the sitting head of a foreign government, enjoys head of state immunity from the jurisdiction of US courts" in light of his current status.

As such "Modi is entitled to immunity from the jurisdiction of this Court over this suit," Bharara said in his submission before a US court.

The lawsuit against Modi was filed by the New York-based American Justice Center (AJC), a nonprofit human rights organisation, along with two survivors of the post-Godhra violence.  

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