New York Court summons Sonia Gandhi in 1984 Sikh Riots Case

A New York Court has issued Summons to Congress President Sonia Gandhi after a case was filed against her for shielding and protecting” the leaders of her party who were allegedly involved in the anti-Sikh riots in India in 1984.

The class-action lawsuit was filed by an NGO called Sikhs for Justice and few other riot victims on  September 3  under Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA)  in Eastern District Court of New York, seeking compensatory and punitive damages against Gandhi for patronising the culprits of 1984 Sikh Massacre.

According to Law of United States, Summons stand valid only when they are delivered personally. As  Smt. Gandhi is in United States these days for medical treatment, chances of Summon getting delivered is tangible.

In a 27-page complaint Sikhs for Justice alleges that more than 30000 Sikhs were slaughtered, raped  and tortured between November 1 and 4, 1984  by groups that were incited, organized, controlled and armed” by the ruling Congress party.

Reacting on the whole episode, Congress Leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said, “Summons issued almost 30 years after the event when the Congress president is on a medical visit is, to put it mildly, astonishing. Undoubtedly, appropriate legal action will be taken”.