New York, United States (June 15, 2013): Rights group challenged the dismissal of human rights violation case against CM Badal and filed appeal with the US Circuit Court. The Sikh group has challenged the May 17 order of Federal Judge dismissing the case against CM Badal for failure to effectuate service and the order denying rights group’s motion to conduct jurisdictional discovery. Judge Adelman had dismissed the case holding that that CM Badal was never served with the court summons as claimed by the rights group ‘Sikh for Justice’ (SJF) and SAD (Amritsar).
New York (May 30, 2013): Judge Robert W. Sweet in a pre-trial conference granted “Sikhs for Justice” (SFJ) till September to amend the human rights violation complaint against Congress party to comply with the Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. In Kiobel case, Supreme Court held that foreign entities can be liable in US Court for atrocities committed overseas only under the limited circumstances.
Amritsar, Punjab (May 29, 2013): All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) and Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) have appealed Sikhs across the globe to sign November 1984 Sikh genocide petition.
New York, United States (May 25, 2013): A Federal Court in Manhattan will hear 1984 Sikh Genocide case against Congress (I) on May 29. Pursuant to Sikh rights group’s request for jurisdictional discovery to unveil the relationship of Congress Party of India and that of America, Judge Robert W. Sweet ordered the hearing to resolve the outstanding discovery issues and to set a time for the trial.
New York, United States (May 20, 2013): Rights group will take the human rights violation case against CM Badal to the US Court of Appeals asking for a remand to depose CM Badal personally before a US Federal Judge on the issue of the service of summons.
Wisconsin, United States (May 19, 2013): It is learnt that the United States district court of Eastern district of Wisconsin has dismissed the case filed by a New York based human rights body ‘Sikhs for Justice’, Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) led by Simranjeet Singh Mann and others against the Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.
New York, USA (May 14, 2013): Since the evidentiary hearing and depositions of witnesses have been completed, Federal Judge Adelman will now decide whether the human rights violation law suit pending against CM Badal will be heard under the principles of Universal Jurisdiction as demanded by Sikh rights group or will be dismissed as per defendants motion for lack of service and personal jurisdiction of the US Court.
Toronto, Canada (April 28, 2013) : On a call given by Ontario based Sikh organizations several hundred Canadians including Sikhs, Muslims and Christians gathered in front of Indian Consulate, Toronto to voice their support for Professor DevenderPal Singh Bhullar, who has been unjustly sentenced to death in India.
Ludhiana, Punjab (April 24,2013): According to a news report by Times of India (TOI): “[w]hile Sikhs in India, Punjab government and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee are putting every effort to save Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, currently on death row, from going to gallows, thousands miles away preparations are afoot in a Gurdwara in Langenthal , Switzerland to hold demonstration in front of the office of United Nation on April 25th”.
New York, United States (April 18, 2013): Seeking United Nations intervention, international human rights NGOs have approached UN’s Special Rapporteur on Torture after the denial of commutation plea by the Supreme Court of death row convict Devenderpal Singh Bhullar.
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