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NEW YORK: A New York court has asked Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi to provide documentary proof that she was not in the US between September 2 and September 9 last year.
The federal court in Brooklyn has asked Mrs Gandhi to submit “a copy of her passport, showing her most recent entry and exit stamps into and out of the United States.”
The court order relates to Mrs Gandhi’s motion filed in the federal court in Brooklyn on January 10, seeking dismissal of a human rights violation case filed against her in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots by New York-based Sikhs for Justice (SFJ).
In her motion, Mrs Gandhi says she was not in the US at the time and not served the summons in the case.
But the court on Thursday ordered that Mrs Gandhi’s declaration is insufficient and she must “provide a copy of her passport, showing her most recent entry and exit stamps into and out of the United States.’’
The order said, “This would appear to obviate both the need for any documents from the hospital-resolving defendant’s medical privacy concerns – and the need to rely upon a third party government agency like Customs and Border Protection.’’
The Brooklyn court had in September 2013 issued summons against Gandhi on the complaint filed by the Sikhs for Justice, blaming her for shielding party leaders such as Kamal Nath, Sajjan Kumar and Jagdish Tytler for their alleged role in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.
The SFJ claims it served the summons on Sonia Gandhi at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York where she reportedly underwent medical treatment at the time.