NEW YORK: With Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh expected to travel to Wisconsin next week, the New York-based advocacy group Sikhs for Justice says it will offer anyone $10,000 in serving a US federal summons to him for alleged violation of human rights in Punjab.
AP quoted the Sikh group as saying that they have hired agencies of professional servers to deliver the summons to the Punjab chief minister.
Interestingly, while dismissing a similar case against the chief minister in May the US district court in Wisconsin had said that Badal was never served with any court summons as claimed by Sikh for Justice (SFJ).
As the Punjab chief minister is reportedly coming for a wedding in Wisconsin on July 5, the SFJ says it will try to serve on him the second of the two summons issued against him in Wisconsin.
Since its first lawsuit has thrown out by the court in May, the Sikh for Justice has been quoted as saying that the group is taking no chances this time and wants the summons to be served on Badal.
“We are not taking any chances this time. We want to have a photograph and, if possible, video’’ of the summons being served to Badal,’’ AP quoted Gurpatwant Pannun, legal adviser for Sikhs for Justice, as saying.
The Sikh group was also quoted as saying that its hired professional servers will shadow the Punjab chief minister everywhere – from airports in Milwaukee and Chicago to the wedding venue so that the court summons are either “handed to him or even dropped at his feet.’’
Badal and his son Sukhbir Badal are reportedly among the defendants in the lawsuit.
The lawsuit has been filed on the basis of allegations by three Fresno Sikhs who say that they were tortured by police in Punjab without any charges being levelled against them and that the Badals were the bosses of the police.
The Sikhs for Justice wants the Badals to be convicted even if in absentia.