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Congress party opposes SFJ’s appeal against dismissal of 1984 Sikh genocide lawsuit

August 10, 2014 | By

New York, US (August 10, 2014): The Congress party has opposed an appeal filed by a Human rights and advocacy group that challenged dismissal of the 1984 Sikh genocide related lawsuit against it, saying the group does not represent the victims and US courts cannot rule on cases involving an incident that took place in India 30 years ago.

Indian-American attorney Ravi Batra, on behalf of the Congress party, filed opposition on August 08 in federal court to the appeal by Sikh for Justice (SFJ).

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SFJ had in May challenged the dismissal of the 1984 rights violation case against the Congress party saying that the case “concerns” the US and it has “institutional standing” to seek judgment on behalf of the Sikh community.

Batra said US federal judge Robert Sweet was right to dismiss SFJ’s case in April since the rights group is no victim and neither does it represents the victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

He argued that US courts must “honour India’s sovereignty in a matter that arose 30 years ago in India by and between Indians,” and so it must be dealt with in India alone.

Ravi Batra said that the Indian National Congress (INC), as a legal corporate entity and not a natural living breathing person, is incapable of extra-judicial killings or torture.

Congress party’s attorney, Ravi Batra also criticised SFJ for “making noises” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the US and said the group had improperly sued former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also last year, “despite his head-of-state immunity.”

SFJ has launched an online petition campaign urging President Barack Obama to cancel invitation to Narendra Modi for the 2002 massacre of Muslim minority in Gujarat.

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