New York: A US court in Manhattan will hear a case filed by a Sikh rights group against Congress chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Aug 18.
The lawsuit filed by Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) accuses Sonia Gandhi of shielding, protecting and rewarding the perpetrators of violence against Sikhs in November 1984 in the aftermath of assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
It would also hear arguments on if two individuals Jasbir Singh and Mohender Singh are proper plaintiffs on behalf of their family members and whether rights group are authorised to file the lawsuit.
In June 2014, a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit against Sonia Gandhi ruling that she is not liable under Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA) and that the plaintiffs have no stand to bring the lawsuit.
In their appeal, SFJ and 1984 victims invoked the principle of international law that “those who cover up a crime are just as guilty as the ones who commit it”.
The allegations against Sonia Gandhi includes shielding and protecting Kamal Nath, Jagdish Tytler, Sajjan Kumar and other Congress party leaders.