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BREAKING NEWS: US Federal Court Summons CM Punjab “BADAL” For Human Rights Violations

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BREAKING NEWS: US Federal Court Summons CM Punjab “BADAL” For Human Rights Violations

New York: (August 8, 2012)

On August 8, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin issued Summons against visiting Chief Minister of the State of Punjab, Parkash Badal, on the charges of police custodial torture and shielding the Police officers, DGP Sumedh Saini and others who are responsible for the extra judicial killings and continuous human rights violations against the Sikh community in Punjab.  The lawsuit against visiting Indian Minsiter Badal is filed by Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), a human rights advocacy group, Shiromani Akali Dal SAD (Amritsar), an opposition political party in Punjab and individual victims of police torture has been docketed (12-C-0806) with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

The August 8 US Court summons against Chief Minister of the State of Punjab Badal gives him twenty one (21) days to answer the charges of torture, practice of impunity to the police officers responsible for extrajudicial killings and continuous human rights violations of Sikhs in the State of Punjab in India. The lawsuit against Minister Badal seeks jury trial and certification of ‘Class” consisting of individuals who have ever been tortured during Badal regime.

Parkash Badal has been head of the Government in the Indian State of Punjab for more than twelve years from 1997 till 2002 and from 2007 till present. During Badal’s tenure there have been several hundred cases of extrajudicial killings, police tortures and human rights violations. Not even a single police officer in charge and responsible for the extra judicial killings have been investigated or prosecuted by Badal administration. “Despite of overwhelming evidence available against Sumedh Saini for his role in torture and extrajudicial killings of Sikhs in the State of Punjab including the father and Uncle of Prof. Bhullar, Badal Government has promoted Saini to become DGP of Punjab instead of prosecuting him for his crimes”.

Citing the recent extrajudicial killings of Jaspal Singh in 2012, Sohan Singh in 2011, Shaminder Singh in 2011 and Darshan Singh in 2009, attorney Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor to SFJ stated that “Minister Badal is not only protecting the past acts of police torture and extrajudicial killings committed between 1984-1997 but also continuing with blatant human rights violations and acts of torture by the police and other security forces under his command”.

The complaint alleges that “The plaintiffs themselves or their legal representatives have suffered torture, cruel and inhuman treatment while residing in Indian State of Punjab, in the hands of Police and other law enforcement agencies that work under the orders and under the command and control of the defendant Parkash Singh BADAL (hereinafter “Badal”) who was and has been the Chief Minister of the State of Punjab during the periods from 1997 till 2002 and from 2007 till 2012.”

The lawsuit against Chief Minister of the State of Punjab Badal has been filed under Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and The Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) based on the defendant  authorized, commanded, or directed the unlawful acts of the security forces and Punjab Police operating under his command and authority. The Badal administration knew or should have known that the security forces and particularly Police of the State of Punjab of which he is and was head of the Executive during his tenure, committed acts of torture, abuse and inhuman and cruel treatment against the named and unnamed individual Defendants.

Jeet Singh, General Secretary of SAD (Amritsar) one of the plaintiffs alleges that due to his political activities from the platform of SAD-Mann, he was illegally detained, physically and mentally tortured and abused by the police and security forces operating under the orders of and under the command and control of CM Badal in 2008 and 2009.

The lawsuit alleges that Plaintiff SAD (Amritsar) is a political party in India, headed by Simranjit Singh Mann and is struggling to achieve Independent state Khalistan through peaceful and democratic means. The Plaintiff SAD-Mann moved the US Court on behalf of SAD-Mann members, officers and supporters who have been extra judicially killed, illegally detained, tortured and abused during the relevant times by the security forces in Punjab operating under orders, command and control of defendant Parkash Badal.

Attorney Pannun stated seeking relief under the ATCA and TVPA is motivated by an interest in seeking some form of justice for hundreds of victims who were killed extra judicially and have suffered torture during the tenure of Badal as CM of the State of Punjab, India. “The lawsuit will raise awareness to the international community regarding the torture and extrajudicial killings of Sikhs in the state of Punjab, India by the security forces and will send a strong message to political leaders that they will not be able to visit United States without being answerable to the International laws and the Courts for their role in gross human rights violations.” added attorney Pannun.

Another class action law suit {SFJ v. Congress (I) SDNY (10 CV 2940)},  filed by “Sikhs For Justice” and victims of Sikh Genocide under ATCA and TVPA is already pending with Southern District of New York against Minister Kamal Nath and Congress (I) the ruling political party of India for conspiring, aiding, abetting and carrying out Genocidal attacks on Sikh population of India in which more than thirty thousand Sikhs were killed during November 1984.

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  1. Pardeep Singh August 9, 2012 at 4:00 am

    WAHEGURU JI KA KHALSA WAHEGURU JI KI FATEH. IVE NEVER EXPERIENCED HAPPINESS LIKE THIS BEFORE:| :| JUST THE FACT A UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT HAS TAKEN SOME INTEREST AND POTENTIALLY ACKNOWLEDGED THE ACTS OF INJUSTICE AND INHUMANE TORTURE IN PUNJAB BRINGS A TON OF JOY. THIS OPENS THE DOOR A LITTLE WIDER FOR ALL OF US TO STAND UP AND SUPPORT OUR PEOPLE AND THE THOUSANDS THAT LOST THEIR LIVES AT THE HANDS OF CORRUPTION. THIS PAVES THE WAY FOR A NEW BEGINNING, A NEW LIGHT, A NEW HOPE!! MY WORDS CANNOT DESCRIBE MY JOY. IF ANYTHING, NONETHELESS THIS NEWS WILL BRING A W A R E N E S S TO THE WORLD!! MUCH NEEDED AND MUCH ANTICIPATED AWARENESS THAT DEDICATED PEOPLE HAVE BEEN WORKING VIGOROUSLY TO GET NOTICED AND DOCUMENTED!!! RAJ KAREGA KHALSA AKHEE RAHAY NA KOE. THOSE CORRUPTED, FRAUDULENT, INHUMANE, UNJUSTFUL BEINGS WILL BE PUNISHED, ONE WAY – OR ANOTHER.

    BOLE SO NIHAL SAT SRI AKAL!

  2. nikhil August 9, 2012 at 4:28 am

    As a federal law clerk, I’m wondering how this case will actually go to trial, even if Badal appears in Wisconsin and submits to the personal jurisdiction of the court. I’m speculating that this case will be dismissed due to failure to survive a motion for forum non conviens. India seems like the proper/more appropriate forum for both the edwi and sdny cases.

  3. Rebel August 9, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Nikhil… perhaps. But, above anything it indicates to Badal who runs a mafia of impunity in Punjab/India that he will be held accountable by the Diaspora that was forced to flee under his brutal regime.

  4. Karnail Singh Khalsa August 9, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Sawaad aa gia. Bhai Gurpatwant Singh is realy hero of Sikh Nation. He works yoy can fights for human rights of innocent victoms in India. We support him by TAN, MAN AND DHAN. Thank u. Carry on please.

  5. Harjeet August 9, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Nikhil I wonder where are you a law clerk. If you are a law clerk than you obviously went to law school where you would have learned about Pennoyer v. Neff where the Supreme Court ruled that when somebody is psychically served or “tagged” in the jurisdiction where the suit has been brought they have availed themselves and are legally able to be served and this has not been overturned yet. Also this rule was upheld in Burnham v. Superior Court of California in I believe the early 1990′s. The only defense that Badal could possibly have is that under immunity as an official visiting as part of a foreign government. Under modern jurisprudence and under ATCA which the suit is filed under this would not be upheld because he was clearly on a personal and not on an official state visit. It has been clear for the past month that he has been stating in the media “the wedding trip is clearly personal” and now has also referred to the funeral as a “personal visit”…Brilliant piece of work by Sikhs for Justice.. My suggestion Nikhil is that you get your old civ pro textbook out.

  6. Anonymous August 9, 2012 at 8:35 am

    Thanx U.S.A

  7. kulvanth Kaur August 9, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Share in Pardeep’s sentiments of initial happiness, regardless of outcome. Badal has been getting too much of false compassionate profile on the news Channels,along with hypocritical stance of Makkar, commenting against US shortcomings in protecting Sikhs,. The lengths to which punjab politicians go, to milk an incident for their own means, is always beyond belief. No respect for life or limb of any Sikhs, or any other decent law abiding person. Pray vaheguru brings any campaigner for justice against such villains a hearty welcome fateh.

  8. Harpreet Singh August 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks USA ………….. :)

  9. Anonymous August 9, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    A B O U T

    T I M E ! ! !

  10. Sikhwarrior August 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    SUPERB

  11. jatinder August 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    chakk de phattey

  12. Rajnder August 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I do question this ? Is India Government Group behind this too ?

  13. Iqbal Md Shah August 9, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Now the brave Sikhs should join their Muslim brothers in bringing the Hindu Brahminical corrupt Govt of India to its knees. A rebellion should be organized [edited for violent content] and allow a takeover by democratic forces.

    *ADMIN* – we ask that all comments be kept peaceful, violent language will not be tolerated.

  14. Asif Haroon August 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    It has come to light that the Oak Creek temple attacker made several trips to India and trained in Hindu weapons training camps in the Delhi area.

  15. MISS KAUR August 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Sikhs for Justice is a great organization and everyone should personally thank Mr.Pannu, he is a great person.

    Welcome to America Badal, I didn’t want you to come here but now I’m glad you came, this will show people that we in the Sikh Diaspora think your an evil man and you should feel so ashamed of yourself for the pain and suffering your evil deeds have caused and you and your son and daughter-in-law are disgusting disgusting disgusting people for giving Sumedh Saini, the mass murderer of only god knows how many Sikhs, a prominent position within the Punjab Police when that guy should be rotting in jail like your good for nothing ass.

  16. Anonymous August 9, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    …it is politics everywhere….it s difficult understand…..anything…..

  17. Indy Kaur August 9, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    May justice be done. Thank you to all for getting the ball rolling and doing what the rest have only thought about. Rab rakha.

  18. Sainiz August 9, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    You make the whole community proud! Keep up the great work!

  19. Bal August 9, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Fantastic news! Just a whole new sort of happiness knowing this evil man will be forced to face his deeds even if it’s short lived -tremendous joy

  20. Rajinder Gill August 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm

    Attorney Pannu is doing unbelievable community service thru self motivation. Let me recommend him for the UN human rights award.

  21. Dharma August 9, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    Don`t get too excited ! it`s just the beginning,let them grabbed this slimmy snake by its tail and whacked him mercilessly.I would pray for that day to come……

  22. Gurdeep August 10, 2012 at 12:20 am

    He should be held to death,he was prime suspect in 1984 attack

  23. Anonymous August 10, 2012 at 12:34 am

    sikh for justice did good job and we will get justice

  24. Anonymous August 10, 2012 at 1:42 am

    issue is much wider and can affect whole image of sikkhism worldwide. So, PLZ. HANDLE CAREFULLY AND ACT ACCORDINGLY.
    SATTNAAM VAHEGURU JI.

  25. jitendar pal singh August 10, 2012 at 1:49 am

    issue is much wider and can affect
    whole image of sikkhism worldwide.
    So, PLZ. HANDLE CAREFULLY AND ACT
    ACCORDINGLY.
    SATTNAAM VAHEGURU JI.
    Leave A Response

  26. harwinder August 10, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    keep it up wonderful job

  27. amano August 18, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    badal i saw you in golden temple coming down from langar hall……with a big gang of your associates….i knew you was a sanke then..but just didnt know the exact reason

  28. amano August 18, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    you might remebr the way you looked disdainfully at a single nihang about 6 2 tall….well it seems like its time for your comeuppance…you evil soul

  29. Anonymous August 19, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Panth RATAN,……………………..

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