The US State Department has asked a court in NewYork to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Sikh rights group for declaring RSS as a "terror group" saying it has no standing.

    In an 18-page motion filed Tuesday before judge Laura Taylor Swain of the Southern District of New York, US attorney Preet Bharara said Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) lacks standing to bring such claims.

    Even if SFJ had standing, the political question doctrine bars judicial review where the Secretary of State has not designated an organization, it said.

    "Neither SFJ nor this Court possesses authority to compel the Secretary to designate an entity as a foreign terrorist organization-a discretionary action that implicates important foreign affairs and national security considerations, and which is entrusted to the political branches," the motion added.

    SFJ has filed a lawsuit in the US court to label the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh as a foreign terrorist organization.

    It accuses RSS of "believing in and practicing a fascist ideology and for running a passionate, vicious and violent campaign to turn India into a 'Hindu' nation with a homogeneous religious and cultural identity".

    "Political question doctrine cannot trump the fundamental human rights of protection of life and liberty which are embedded in the American constitution," SFJ attorney Gurpatwant S Pannun said.

    SFJ will challenge the US Government's bid to block the labelling of RSS as "terror group", he said.

SCARY TIMES: Aatma 2 is happening, says Supan Verma

  • IANS, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Feb 12, 2013 18:05 IST

Bipasha Basu at the launch of first theatrical trailer of her film Aatma set to release on March 22, 2013.


Director Suparn Verma, who is all set to release his horror film Aatma, says the sequel has already been planned. "Aatma 2 is definitely happening," he said at the launch of the first look of Aatma held Monday evening.

The film stars Bipasha Basu and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Talking about how Nawazuddin came on board, the director said he had met the actor and asked him to either take it up or suggest someone else who would suit the role.

"I had met Nawazuddin and had told him that if he doesn't decide to do the film. Then he should tell me who else would be able to do it. He heard the script and said yes," he said.

Nawauzuddin Siddique has been seen in films like Kahaani, Gangs of Wasseypur and Talaash. The actor said that it was the emotional angle that had attracted him to the film. "This film is not only horror but has an emotional angle too which attracted me towards it. I could feel the story as I also have a daughter. The bonding between the parents and the child shown in the movie attracted me towards it," Nawazuddin said.

Asked how much he could relate to the film, the actor said: "There are many things which scare me. I am scared of Aatma. The film also talks about a feeling which comes when you do something wrong. This happens with me in real life as well." 

The film is all set to release March 22.

 

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