Friday, March 16, 2012

US court to hear 1984 anti-Sikh riots case on March 29 as Congress hires US law firm to defend itself

JALANDHAR: A US federal court has granted Congress an extension of 2 weeks to respond to the motion for "Default Judgment" filed by Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) for its (Congress') failure to defend the charges of conspiring, aiding, abetting, organizing and carrying out attacks on Sikh population of India in November 1984.

 Judge Robert W Sweet of the US federal court was scheduled to hear the plaintiff's motion for entry of "Default Judgment" on March 15 but on March 13 attorney Thomas E Lynch, on behalf of the Congress, wrote a letter to Judge Sweet requesting an adjournment of the hearing on plaintiff's motion for a judgment by default so as to allow him time to review the relevant facts and to prepare a response to the plaintiff's motion.

 "Jones Day", a law firm with expertise in defending organizations accused of human rights violations has been retained by Congress to defend it against the pending charges of genocidal attacks on the Sikhs in November 1984.

with thanks : TOI : LINK for detailed news.

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