While responding to the charges of shielding, protecting and rewarding the perpetrators of the 1984 Sikh riots case, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi challenged the US Court jurisdiction to hear the rights violation case.
Sonia also said that she was not served with a US summons after a case was filed against her by the Sikh advocacy group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).
“I was not in New York during the relevant period (from September 2-9, 2013). I was not served the summons and complaint on September 9, as claimed, or on any other date,” she said in a letter submitted before the US Court through her attorney Ravi Batra.
On September 9, upon information and belief that the Congress chief was undergoing medical checkup at Sloan-Kettering in New York, attorney for the SFJ Gurpatwant Singh Pannu had stated that as per the US Court orders, the summons and complaint were served on hospital and its security staff.
In response to the US Court summons, Sonia had on Thursday filed a motion before the court to dismiss the human rights violation lawsuit against her for lack of personal jurisdiction, insufficient service of process, subject-matter jurisdiction and failure to state a claim upon which relief could be granted.
Sonia’s motion further sought the SFJ from filing any lawsuit or otherwise pursuing these claims or any other claims stemming from or related to allegations of conduct in India in 1984, post-assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her security personnel, without first having secured the express written consent of the court.