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US lawsuit against Sonia Gandhi dismissed

NEW YORK: A Brooklyn Federal court in the US has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Sikh organization accusing Congress party president Sonia Gandhi of protecting party leaders who are allegedly involved in riots against Sikhs in the aftermath of the assassination of Indira Gandhi, former Prime Minister, in November 1984.

District Judge Brian M Cogan Monday granted motion to dismiss the case filed by New York based Sikh rights organization, Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) for lack of jurisdiction and failure to state a claim.

The DJ however denied Gandhi's motion for "anti suit injunction" to prevent SFJ from filing any further law suits.

The Judge's ruling reads, "Plaintiffs' claims under the ATS (Alien Tort Statute) must be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction because they are plainly barred under the Supreme Court's decision in Kiobel vs Royal Dutch Petroleum Co."

But as the District Judge has dismissed Sonia Gandhi's plea to bar Sikhs For Justice from filing further law suits, SFJ may continue to hold Congress leaders accountable before US Courts.

Sonia Gandhi had earlier refused to provide copy of her passport to the US Court and was also able to get proper service of summons in the case. (Agencies)