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Human Rights violation lawsuit against Sonia Gandhi: US court rejects Sikh rights group request for extension

February 6, 2014 | By

New York, United States (February 06, 2014): It is learnt that a US Federal court of New York has rejected a request by a Sikh rights group, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) seeking more time to respond to a motion filed by Congress President Sonia Gandhi to dismiss a human rights violation case against her for lack of service of summons.

Judge Brian Cogan of Manhattan federal court turned down the request for a 21-day extension made by a lawyer on behalf of Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).

Sonia Gandhi, President of Congress Party

Sonia Gandhi, President of Congress Party [File Photo]

It may be recalled that SFJ was earlier given time till February 6, 2014 to investigate whether Sonia Gandhi was in the city between September 2 and September 9, 2013 and file its opposition to her motion to dismiss the human rights violation lawsuit due to insufficient service of summons.

Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi had submitted a new declaration on January 13 to the US court in support of her motion to dismiss the lawsuit.

In the declaration, Indian politician of Italian descent had stated that she has “not been in New York or in the United States during the period of September 03, 2013 through September 09, 2013.”

SFJ has said that Gandhi was in the city for medical treatment at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre during September.

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