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Sikh rights group secures summons for Sonia in US

PTI  New York, September 10, 2013
First Published: 14:08 IST(10/9/2013) | Last Updated: 02:24 IST(11/9/2013)

A Sikh rights group on Tuesday secured a summons from a US judge to be served on Congress president Sonia Gandhi at a hospital where she is believed to be under medical care in a case filed against her for “shielding” party leaders allegedly involved in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.


A class action suit against Gandhi was filed by Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), a US-based human rights group, along with the victims of November 1984 under Alien Tort Claims Act and Torture Victim Protection Act.

The SFJ legal counsel said federal court judge Brian M Cogan’s order further directs the hospital and security staff to summon Gandhi personally in the hospital.

Sonia Gandhi is currently in the US for a regular medical check up. 66-year-old Gandhi, who had undergone a surgery in the US for an undisclosed ailment on August 5, 2011, had flown there for a check-up in February and again on 2 September, last year.

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