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NEW YORK, Sept 26: After Congress president Sonia Gandhi, a New York-based Sikh group now has got summons issued against Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as he arrives in Washington for a summit with President Barack Obama.
The Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) says it has got summon issued against the prime minister for his alleged role as India’s finance minister in 1990s for approving funding for security operations in Punjab that led to alleged extra-judicial killings of Sikhs.
Earlier, this month, the SFJ had got a similar summons issued against Sonia Gandhi in connection with the alleged extra-judicial killings in Punjab in the 1990s.
In its 24-page complaint against the Indian prime minister, the SFJ has said that as India’s finance minister, Manmohan Singh provided funds for financing operations for alleged extra-judicial killings and giving `cash rewards’ to security personnel for these alleged extra-judicial killings in Punjab.
The complaint also says that as India’s prime minister since 2004, Manmohan Singh has protected Congress party members allegedly involved in the 1984 riots against the Sikhs.
Since it will be impossible to serve the summons on the Indian prime minister because of the tight security in Washington, the Sikh group says it is filing an emergency motion with the Washington Federal Court for leave “to effect alternative means of service’’ so that it can deliver the summons to White House staff and members of the Prime Minister’s security detail while he is here.
The Sikh group says it will also hold a “Justice Rally” outside the White House on Friday when Manmohan Singh meets Obama.