US court reserves order in anti-Sikh riots case
New York: A US judge has reserved his orders on submissions by the Congress party that the 1984 anti-Sikh riots case filed against it by a rights group here be dismissed as the Manhattan court does not have jurisdiction over the case.
Judge Robert Sweet of US federal court reserved the orders yesterday on submissions on issues of effective service of summons and personal jurisdiction in the case filed by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) against the Congress party.
Jones Day, the law firm representing the political party, had on July 13 filed a motion to dismiss all the charges against Congress saying the party was not served the court summons properly by SFJ and that the US federal court did not have jurisdiction to hear the case.
Challenging Congress`s motion, SFJ submitted a 28-page memorandum claiming that victims of the November 1984 anti-Sikh riots had served the summons on the Congress in a proper way and that the US court has personal jurisdiction to hear the claims under Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA).
SFJ submitted documentary evidence to Sweet showing that Congress President Sonia Gandhi was served summons at the party`s headquarters in New Delhi.
SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said the motion has sought a trial calendar in the case arguing that victims have made a prima facie claim showing that the US Court has personal jurisdiction over the Congress party.
A class action lawsuit was filed in March last year by SFJ under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS) and Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) against Congress for conspiring, abetting and carrying out attacks against Sikhs in India in November 1984.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Ajinkya Rahane to captain India on Zimbabwe tour; Dhoni, Kohli rested
- Shiv Sena slams HC order banning erection of pandals on roads
- Kejriwal's electricity bill exceeds Rs 1 lakh in two months: RTI
- Top leader of NSCN(K) arrested for Manipur attacks by NIA
- Bangladeshi newspaper mocks Indian team with half-shaved heads
- India vs Zimbabwe: Ajinkya Rahane to lead; MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli rested
- Chinese military research academy praises India's main battle tank Arjun, says it's 'very good'
- Gangster Abu Salem ready to tie the knot with girl seeking to marry him
- Vijender Singh brings down curtains on India career, turns professional
- Manipur ambush: Key NSCN(K) leader involved in killing of 18 Army personnel arrested by NIA