US court permits Sikh group to summon Manmohan Singh

Mar 01 2014, 20:12 IST
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A federal court in Washington DC had issued summons to Singh in 2013 during his visit to Washington. Reuters A federal court in Washington DC had issued summons to Singh in 2013 during his visit to Washington. Reuters
SummaryA federal court in Washington DC had issued summons to Singh in 2013 during his visit to Washington.

A US court has granted a Sikh group's plea to serve summons on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in India under an international convention for alleged rights abuses during his tenure.

A federal court in Washington DC had issued summons to Singh in 2013 during his visit to Washington. Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) filed a motion in the court, requesting extension of time to serve the summons to Singh in India.

In support of its motion, SFJ submitted a copy of a letter which stated it has retained Process Forwarding International (PFI), a Washington-based firm, to serve the summons in India according to the Hague Service Convention.

In response to SFJ's plea, Judge James E Boasberg said in an order issued on February 28: "Plaintiffs shall by April 14, 2014, either file proof of service or file a status report updating the court on their progress in effecting service."

PFI said in a declaration that the complete file had been sent to India to serve the summons.

Under the Hague Service Convention, a central authority has been established by the Indian government for receiving and serving summons from foreign courts.

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