US court summons Big B over 1984 riots
A Los Angeles federal court on Monday summoned Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan for allegedly instigating violence in the 1984 anti-Sikh, according to TV reports.india Updated: Nov 01, 2014 17:24 IST
Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan has been summoned by a US court in an alleged human rights violation case filed by a Sikh rights group.
The US district court in Los Angeles on Monday issued the summons on a complaint filed by New York-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) and two alleged victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
The victims Babu Singh Dukhiya is based in Delhi and Mohender Singh is based in California.
The court has directed Bachchan to respond in 21 days after he is served with the summons.
Running into 35-pages, the complaint alleges that Bachchan instigated people for violence, saying 'blood for blood' after the assassination of the then prime minister Indira Gandhi.
In the past several years, SFJ has unsuccessfully tried to drag several Indian leaders to US courts in the alleged human rights violations cases.
Bachchan has been denying allegations of any role in the anti-Sikh riots, and in 2011 had even written a letter to Akal Takht pointing out that his maternal grandparents were Sikhs.