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.

Hooda stresses on timely justice for common man

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Palwal
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  • Updated: Aug 04, 2013 12:37 IST

Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda has laid stress on the requirement of timely and less costly justice for the common man, while underlining the need for reducing the number of pending cases in the courts.

He was speaking at the inauguration of the district court complex and Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre here on Saturday, an official release said. Chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana high court SK Kaul was present.

“The state government has taken all possible measures to increase the efficiency of the courts and ensure timely justice for people,” Hooda said, adding that Haryana was one of the leading states in the country when it came to having an effective judicial system. “Sufficient funds have been provided to create the infrastructure necessary to have a well-oiled judicial apparatus.”

In the past few years, modern judicial complexes had been built in 19 of the 21 districts in the state, while work on a similar centre in Mewat was in progress, the chief minister added.
Justice Kaul said the state government had paid attention to providing necessary facilities in the courts.

High court judges justice SK Mittal and justice Inderjit Singh and district and sessions judge Ramendra Jain, among others, were present.


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