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NEW YORK: A US Court of Appeals on Monday dismissed a case of human rights violation case against Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal filed by the advocacy group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) on the grounds that no federal court summons have been served on him.
Sikh for Justice had failed to serve summons on Badal when he visited Wisconsin in July this year for a wedding.
This is the second time the SFJ’s lawsuit against Badal has been dismissed. Earlier, a similar lawsuit against Badal was dismissed in May by the US district court in Wisconsin on the grounds that Badal was never served with any court summons as claimed by Sikh for Justice (SFJ).
In fact, after the dismissal of its first lawsuit against Badal, the Sikhs for Justice had even hired professional services to serve summons on Badal during his stay in Wisconsin. But it failed as the group couldn’t get access to the chief minister.
Thus on Monday, the seventh circuit court of appeals dismissed the new lawsuit against Badal since the chief minister was never served the summons. The court cited that another Chicago-based Sikh named Surinder Pal Singh Kalra was served the summons on August 9 – as claimed by the Sikh advocacy group.
In the lawsuit, Badal has been accused of “protecting and commanding a police force responsible for torture and extra judicial killings of Sikhs in the state of Punjab” during his chief ministership from 1997 to 2002 and from 2007 till now.
According to SFJ attorney Gurpatwant S Pannun, they now plan to file a “motion to remand” to serve summons on Badal in India through the so-called Hague Service that allows serving of judicial papers between signatory countries. Both India and the US are signatory to it.