"Sikhs for Justice" Announces: U.S. Court Moves Against Indian Minister Kamal Nath for His Role in November 1984 Sikh Genocide

New York, NY  August 8, 2010

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a certificate (Clerk's Certificate 10 Civ 2940) of default declaring that Kamal Nath, an Indian Member of Parliament and Minister for Roadways, has failed to respond to a summons issued by the court on April 06, 2010 for his role in the 1984 Sikh genocide. The Court entered the certificate of default against Indian Minister Nath because despite publicly acknowledging receipt of the original summons Nath ignored it and decided not to contest the allegation of leading mobs that tortured and killed Sikhs in India on November 01, 1984.

The certificate of default paves the way for the Court to grant all reliefs requested by the plaintiff, Sikhs for Justice (SFJ), a U.S. based non-profit national human rights advocacy group working on behalf of the deceased and survivors of 1984 Genocide.

The lawsuit against Kamal Nath has been filed under both the ALIEN TORT CLAIMS ACT (ATCA) AND THE TORTURE VICTIM PROTECTION ACT (TVPA) due to the failure of the Indian government to enforce human rights protections and hold violators accountable. The U.S. Court will now issue its judgment based on the submissions of the plaintiff “Sikhs for Justice”.

SFJ is requesting a jury trial during which plaintiffs will submit evidence of Nath’s role in the genocide along with many senior leaders of India’s ruling Congress party. Sikhs were killed in more than 18 states and 100 cities of India as part of a planned Genocide of Sikhs perpetrated by the ruling party in India, the Indian National Congress. According to SFJ legal advisor, attorney G.S. Pannun, SFJ's legal suit reveals evidence that during November 1984 Indian Minister Kamal Nath not only participated in the killing of Sikhs in Delhi but also organized massacres of Sikhs in numerous Indian cities. In India, more than 3500 hundred claims have been filed by Sikhs from one state alone (the State of Madhya Pardesh).