India seeks diplomatic immunity for Kamal Nath
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Last Updated: Sunday, January 23, 2011, 20:59
Washington: India has sought diplomatic immunity from the US for Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath against whom summons have been issued by a US court on a lawsuit alleging his involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Sources in the Indian Embassy here said a demarche was made out to the State Department for granting diplomatic immunity to minister following the case filed against him by an NGO, Sikhs for Justice, in April last year.

Some reports said the US was disinclined to grant diplomatic immunity to Kamal Nath on the ground that they would not like to step in a matter between an NGO and him but Indian officials did not confirm it.

The issue is "still under examination" of the American government, sources said.

Kamal Nath was quoted as saying, "As far as I know, the US has not rejected it (India's request), at least not to my knowledge. I have never been charged with any offence here in India in the last 25 years."

The minister's lawyers denied that he has been served summons in the case as claimed by a member of the NGO.

They contended that 740 cases were filed in India relating to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots and Kamal Nath's name did not figure in any of them.

"Discussions are underway between the Indian Embassy and the US authorities on the issue (diplomatic immunity)," they said.


First Published: Sunday, January 23, 2011, 20:59

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