26 Mar 2023

US Court Summons Punjab CM-Governor and DGP Over Arrest/Torture of Pro Khalistan Activists

 BREAKING NEWS US Court Summons Punjab CM-Governor and DGP Over Arrest/Torture of Pro Khalistan Activists  

Considering the gravity of the ongoing “Internet Ban” in Punjab to blackout the information about the violent crackdown on the pro Khalistan Sikhs, US Federal Court in New York issued summons against BJP nominee Punjab Governor, AAP Convener of Punjab/Chief Minister and Punjab DGP on the complaint of secessionist group “Sikhs For Justice” (SFJ).  

The Federal Court summons issued in the case 23-cv-02578 “SFJ v. Bhagwant Mann, Banwarilal Purohit, and Gauruv Yadav”, states that “Within 21 days after service of this summons on you (not counting the day you received it) — or 60 days if you are the United States or a United States agency, or an officer or employee of the United States described in Fed. R. Civ. P. 12 (a)(2) or (3) — you must serve on the plaintiff an answer to the attached complaint or a motion under Rule 12 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure”.  

27th March complaint filed before the Federal Judge of the Southern District of New York alleges that “this action is brought in the wake of ongoing severe and violent “Siege of Punjab” in India where thousands of Sikh families have been illegally detained, subjected to custodial torture while the whole state of Punjab has been cut and isolated from the rest of the world with shut down of internet to blackout the information about ongoing human rights abuses and to carry on the persecution of the Sikh population with impunity on account of their subscription to socio-religious campaign - “Khalsa Vaheer” – run by the “Waris Punjab De” (WPD) under the leadership of Sikh preacher Amritpal Singh and for their support to the political opinion “Khalistan Referendum”.

 SFJ General Counsel Gurpatwant Singh Pannun explained that “the class action lawsuit against Purohit, Mann and Yadav has been filed under Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA) which gives the U.S. Courts extra territorial jurisdiction over the crime of torture committed in foreign countries and allows the prosecution of such human rights abuses”.