September 2, 2012 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Wisconsin (September 02, 2012): Responding to the US Court Summons, Parkash Singh Badal, CM State of Punjab through its attorneys sought additional 90 days to defend the charges of commanding and shielding the officers responsible for custodial torture and extra judicial killings of Sikhs.
Sikhs for Justice has send a copy of document to Sikh Siyasat that is filed as reply on Parkash Singh Badal’s behalf in US court.
Badal has hired two top law firms, New York based “Kirkland & Ellis LLP” and Milwaukee based “Michael Best and Friedrich LLP”, to defend him against the charges of continuous human rights violations in the State of Punjab during his regime as the Chief Minister. On August 30, representing Badal, attorney Michelle L. Jacobs submitted a motion before the US court asking “to dismiss for failure to effectuate service; or in the alternative for an additional 90 days to file a responsive pleading”.
Defending Badal attorney Jacobs in the motion argued that “On information and belief, the defendant was not personally served with Summons at Oak Creek High School, Wisconsin, and service of Summons as claimed by plaintiffs is “invalid and procedurally deficient”. The motion further argues that “the importance of proper service is paramount in this case because the plaintiffs’ sole claim for jurisdiction and venue against the defendant, a foreign citizen, is based on plaintiffs’ assertion that the defendant was present in the state of Wisconsin within the territorial boundaries of this district at or around the time of filing this complaint. The complaint alleges no other connection to the State and Eastern District of Wisconsin.”
The lawsuit against Badal has been filed under Alien Torts Claims Act and Torture Victims Protection Act on the charges of custodial torture and shielding the Police officers responsible for torture, extra judicial killings and continuous human rights violations against the Sikh community in Punjab.
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