$20K Reward to Testify Sonia's Visit to US in 2013
Sikhs For Justice has announced a reward for information confirming Sonia Gandhi’s presence in the US during September 2-9, 2013, as part of its efforts to prove that a federal court summons, issued on a rights violation lawsuit, was served on the Congress chief during her visit to the country.
“If you saw Sonia Gandhi from September 2 - 9 in the US and are willing to testify before a US judge, you will get a reward of $20,000,” read an SFJ ad in the February 7 edition of amNewYork.
The Sikh group is on the lookout for witnesses to Sonia’s 2013 visit, after federal judge Cogan denied its request for 21 more days to investigate whether Sonia was in the country during the period.
The judge granted had SFJ time till Saturday to file its reply to Sonia’s plea to dismiss the lawsuit on the grounds of “insufficient service” of the summons.
Said SFJ legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Pannu: “Since Sonia’s claim of absence from the US at the time when the group served the summons is critical.
Therefore a reward of $20,000 is offered to unveil the mystery surrounding her presence in the US in September 2013”.
Referring to the varying positions taken by Sonia on the summons, Pannu further said SFJ would request the court to depose the Congress president regarding her US visit. Pursuant to the court orders, SFJ on September 9, 2013 served the summons on the hospital and security staff at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York where Sonia was believed to be undergoing treatment.
The US Federal Court for the Eastern District of New York issued the summons against Sonia on the complaint filed by SFJ and survivors of 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
The riot survivors had sought compensatory and punitive damages from Sonia for “shielding” senior party leaders Kamal Nath, Sajjan Kumar, Jagdish Tytler and others from being prosecuted for their role in leading the death squads that massacred Sikhs in the 1984 riots.