ORDER OF DEFAULT ISSUED AGAINST KAMAL NATH BY US COURT
FAILED TO ANSWER SUMMONS IN NOVEMBER 1984 SIKH GENOCIDE CASE
New York, NY (August 5, 2010):
On August 05, 2010 United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a certificate of default declaring that Kamal Nath, an Indian Member of Parliament and Minister for Roadways has failed to respond to the summons issued by the court on April 06, 2010. The US Court entered certificate of default against Indian Minister Kamal Nath because despite publically acknowledging to have received the summons issued by the US court on April 06, 2010, defendant Kamal Nath ignored the summons and decided not to contest the allegation of leading the mobs that killed Sikhs on November 01, 1984. The certificate of default paves the way for US Court to grant all reliefs requested by plaintiff “Sikhs for Justice” a U.S. based non-profit national human rights advocacy group in their complaint of April 06, 2010.
The US Court summons directed Indian Minister Kamal Nath to file a response to the complaint filed by plaintiff “Sikhs for Justice” a U.S. based non-profit national human rights advocacy group on behalf of the deceased and survivors of November 1984 Sikh Genocide. The other named plaintiffs in the pending lawsuit against Indian Minister Kamal Nath are Jasbir Singh who lost more than twenty family members and Mohinder Singh whose father was killed and his body was cut into pieces by the mobs lead by political leaders during November 1984 Sikh Genocide which was orchestrated by the Indian National Congress, the ruling political party in India headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The law suit against Indian Minister Kamal Nath is filed under ALIEN TORT CLAIMS ACT (ATCA) AND THE TORTURE VICTIM PROTECTION ACT (TVPA) asking the US Court to grant compensatory and punitive damages for Kamal Nath’s role in leading an armed mob which attacked Gurdawara Rakab Ganj Delhi on November 01, 1984 in which many Sikhs were burnt alive.
The U.S. Court will now issue its judgment based on the submissions of the plaintiff “Sikhs for Justice” only. The plaintiff “Sikhs for Justice” has already demanded a “jury trial” from the US court during which plaintiffs will submit documentary evidence proving participation of Kamal Nath and many senior leaders of the ruling Congress party in November 1984 Sikh Genocide. During the jury trial plaintiff “Sikhs for Justice” will also call survivors of November 1984 Sikh Genocide and experts on Genocide as witnesses to prove that during November 1984 Sikhs were killed in more than 18 states and 100 cities of India and it was a planned and organized Genocide of Sikhs perpetrated by ruling party in India, the Indian National Congress.
According to attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to “Sikhs For Justice”, a U.S. based non-profit national human rights advocacy group, in this case plaintiffs have also requested a “declaratory judgment” from the court holding Kamal Nath’s conduct in November 1984 Sikh Genocide as violation of human rights. SFJ will also approach US Department of State, Canadian Immigration Department and governments of European Union countries asking them to ban Kamal Nath’s entry into their countries as a court declared human rights violator.
According to “Sikhs for Justice” legal advisor, attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, “U.S. law provides a remedy to victims of human rights violations that have been committed abroad and allows the victims to bring a lawsuit against the perpetrator in the U.S. Federal District Court.” Attorney Pannun stated that “Despite several witnesses who saw Kamal Nath inciting and leading the mob that burnt many Sikhs alive in November 1984, Minister Kamal Nath has been successfully escaping justice under the Indian system for more than 25 years using his influence and position in the Government of India and Congress (I) party headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
According to attorney Pannun, newly discovered evidence proves that during November 1984 Indian Minister Kamal Nath not only participated in killing of Sikhs in Delhi but also organized massacre of Sikhs in different cities of Madhya Pardesh including his constituency Chhindwara. During November 1984, hundreds of Sikhs were killed in more than 43 cities of Madhya Pardesh and according to the official documents of Indian Government, more than 3500 hundred claims were filed by Sikhs from the state of Madhya Pardesh alone.
SIKHS FOR JUSTICE, is a U.S. based human rights advocacy group, which is striving to disseminate information regarding the Genocide of Sikhs in November 1984 and is mobilizing Human Rights Groups and the International Community on a common platform. SIKHS FOR JUSTICE is pursuing the legal battle to get the justice for the victims of the November 1984 Sikh Genocide with the support of ALL INDIA SIKH STUDENTS FEDERATION, a social political organization headed by Karnail Singh Peermohammad.