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The General Assembly in United Nations has a date with Narender Modi the Prime Minister of India today. But that does not stop their, he had paid his respects at 9/11 site remembering the victims of 9/11 twin tower tragedy.
One is reminded of the tragedy that killed over 1600 innocent Muslims in Gujarat Riots that unfolded while Narender Modi was CM in the state.
It is good of Modi to visit the site of 9/11 twin tower tragedy, irony is in Gujarat of Modi no such memorial or no such attempt is either made of is intended to pay homage to the victims of Gujarat and to mention one another the Sikh riots in Delhi un leased by the majority community at assassination of Indira Gandhi the former PM of India.
One very notable development has happened in US one the day Modi PM of India and former CM of Gujarat landed a US court has issued summons on Modi PM of India in a case by a U S based Human Right Organization that allegedly find Narender MOdi guilty of Gujarat Riots.
Even before he touched down on U.S. soil after a nine-year visa ban, a federal court in New York has issued summons against the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his alleged role in presiding over the anti-Muslim pogrom in Gujarat during 2002 when he was Chief Minister of the state.
The lawsuit, filed by the American Justice Center (AJC), a non-profit human rights organization identified among the plaintiffs “two survivors of the horrific and organized violence of Gujarat 2002”, and called for a response from Mr. Modi based on the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA).
Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, whose law firm represents the plaintiffs, explained via email to The Hindu that the summons issued by the Federal Court of Southern District of New York requires Mr. Modi to respond within 21 days after it is served.
The summons document, which also alludes to the 21-day deadline, notes that if the Prime Minster fails to answer the attached complaint, “Judgement by default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint,” adding that Mr. Modi was expected to file his answer or motion with the court.
Specifically the twenty-eight page complaint filed was said to seek compensatory and punitive damages and “charges PM Modi with committing crimes against humanity, extra-judicial killings, torture and inflicting mental and physical trauma on the victims, mostly from the Muslim community”.
Mr. Pannun further noted that the “default judgement”, which in other cases has been entered against defendants in their absence, would be a “declaration from Federal Court that 2002 killing of Muslims was ‘Genocide’ as per US and international law”, and possibly grant compensatory and punitive damages for the riot victims.
According to a statement by the plaintiffs the ATCA, also known as Alien Tort Statute (ATS), is a U.S. federal law first adopted in 1789 that gives federal courts jurisdiction to hear lawsuits filed by U.S. residents for acts committed in violation of international law outside the US.
Commenting on the summons issued by the John Bradley, a Director at the AJC said, “The Tort Case against Prime Minister Modi is an unequivocal message to human rights abusers everywhere… Time and place and the trappings of power will not be an impediment to justice”.
The AJC is scheduled to hold press conference on September 26 to clarify the implications of the lawsuit filed in terms of the legal path ahead in the survivors’ quest for justice, according to a statement the organisation issued.
Now this is a great shame for our nation that our PM on his maiden visit to an important nation in respect of its friendship and strategic association. Indian Govt and BJP has maintained the courts have given him a clean chit in Zakia Jafferi Case but the fact remains the smoke and fire for the riots in 2002 have reached across borders and the US Courts find Modi answerable to the allegations. I do not know how much it will affect the US India talks but I know that i has affected the image of Indian PM visiting a nation.
Earlier it is reported that the American Media did not give great importance to the visit of Modi the PM of India but it selectively carried the a piece on the summons issued to him by the US court.
Indian media is silent on this but brave The Hindu did cover the story and content of the story is part of this article. http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/us-court-issues-summons-against-modi/article6448311.ece?homepage=true&utm_source=Most+Popular&utm_medium=Homepage&utm_campaign=Widget+Promo