US court summons to be served on Badal
Washington (PTI): A Sikh rights body in US has said that it will use provisions of the Hague Service Treaty to serve the summons of a US court to...
Washington (PTI): A Sikh rights body in US has said that it will use provisions of the Hague Service Treaty to serve the summons of a US court to Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, in a case accusing him of human rights violation. The Hague Service Treaty, of which India is a signatory, allows service of judicial papers between the signatory countries without diplomatic involvement. The Sikh for Justice (SFJ) which earlier filed a human rights violation case against Badal along with the Akali Dal (Mann) took this decision after it failed to serve summons to Badal recently. "We will use Hague Service Convention to serve outstanding Federal summons on Badal in India to make him accountable before Wisconsin Federal court for protecting and commanding a police force responsible for torture and extra judicial killings of Sikhs in the state of Punjab," said Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ. The Eastern District of Wisconsin has given SFJ until October 24 to serve the summons on CM Badal in human rights violation lawsuit. The complaint alleges that Badal and the Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal, throughout their tenure "have actively shielded, protected and promoted the police who were or have been involved in gross human rights violations, extra judicial killings and torture". SFJ added that it has retained the services of, Process Forwarding International (PFI), a Washington based company to accomplish service on Badal in India.