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US Sikh Group Gets Time to Probe Sonia's Presence

A Federal Court in Brooklyn, USA, has granted a Sikh rights group’s request to investigate whether UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi visited United States between September 2 and September 9, 2013. 

Published: 26th January 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th January 2014 01:27 AM   |  A+A-

A Federal Court in Brooklyn, USA, has granted a Sikh rights group’s request to investigate whether UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi visited United States between September 2 and September 9, 2013. 

Sikhs For Justice has been given time till February 6 to file its opposition to Sonia’s motion to dismiss the human rights violation lawsuit due to insufficient service of summons.

Sonia submitted a new declaration on January 13 to the US Court in support of her motion to dismiss the plea filed on January 2. The new declaration purportedly signed by her on January 10 claimed that she had not been in New York or in the United States during September 3, 2013, through September 9. The previous declaration of Sonia, submitted to the court, claimed her absence from New York only between September 2 through September 9.

To unveil the ‘mystery’ surrounding Sonia’s presence in the United States during September 2013, rights group, in its January 23 correspondence to the Judge Brian M Cogan, stated that since the defendant’s claim of absence from the United States at the time when the plaintiffs served the defendant is critical and pivotal to maintaining this action, an extension of time is necessary to enable the plaintiffs to undertake investigation, including filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request under 5 USC with the US Customs and Border Protection, a Bureau of the Department of Homeland Security which maintains records for entry and exit from the United States for all individuals.

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