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Sikh group files defamation case against Amarinder in Canada

The activist group Sikhs for Justice or SFJ has filed a defamation case against Punjab Congress leader and former Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh in a Toronto court.

india Updated: Jul 20, 2016 18:00 IST
Anirudh Bhattacharyya
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh faces legal trouble in Canada.
Punjab Congress chief Amarinder Singh faces legal trouble in Canada.

The activist group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) has filed a defamation case against Congress leader and former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh in a Toronto court.

The law firm representing SFJ has sought CA $1 million in damages for Singh’s statements in April, in which he alleged the pro-Khalistani group was backed by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

“We gave Indian MP an opportunity to prove his allegations of SFJ-ISI nexus, however, Capt Amarinder not only repeated the allegations, but he also alleged that anti-India elements in the Canadian government who support Khalistan are behind spoiling his political campaign,” attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, SFJ’s legal advisor, said in a statement after the suit was filed in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Monday.

Earlier this year, SFJ had blocked Singh’s scheduled visit to Canada by first petitioning Global Affairs Canada against his alleged effort at foreign political campaigning on Canadian territory. Subsequently, it filed a case related to alleged tortured of an individual in Punjab while Singh was the chief minister of the state.

Singh and his aides have not responded to Hindustan Times’ request for comments.