Follow us on
Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » International
Sikhs for Justice opposes immunity to Manmohan Singh
Tuesday June 17, 2014 10:25 AM, IANS

US based rights group "Sikhs for Justice" has challenged US government's suggestion to a Washington court to grant immunity to former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh in a human rights violation case.

The US Department of Justice in a May 2 submission asked the Washington federal court "to recognize Prime Minister Singh's immunity from this suit while in office" as determined by the US government.

The determination was "in consideration of the relevant principles of customary international law, and in the implementation of its foreign policy and in the conduct of its international relations," it said.

However, "The United States expresses no view on the merits of Plaintiffs' claims against Prime Minister Singh", the submission added.

Challenging the submission, SFJ Monday asked the court to take a "judicial notice" of the fact that Manmohan Singh is no longer the Prime Minister of India and therefore does not enjoy immunity as "head of a foreign government".

The Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)also does not cover acts committed by the foreign officials in their "official capacity," it said.

In April, deputy principal legal advisor of the US State Department had asked the Department of Justice to submit "Suggestion of Immunity" to the court and take necessary steps for dismissal of case against Manmohan Singh.

A Federal Court in Washington had issued summons to Manmohan Singh on charges of "funding several counter insurgency operations in state of Punjab during the 1990s resulting in more than hundred thousand Sikhs being killed extra- judicially by the security forces".

The case against Manmohan Singh was filed during his September 2013 visit under the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA).

Share this page
Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of
comments powered by Disqus
| Quick links
Contact us
Subscribe to: RSS » Facebook » Twitter » Newsletter Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.
© 2012 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.