Top Indian Politician Sued for Alleged Involvement in 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots

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A New York court Sept. 5 issued a summons for All India Congress Committee president Sonia Gandhi, who is being sued by the U.S.-based Sikhs for Justice for her alleged involvement in the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Gandhi is reportedly in the U.S., for treatment for an undisclosed medical condition. In August 2011, Gandhi was reportedly treated for ovarian cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. India-West and other media reported that Gandhi was being treated by a team of doctors, led by radiation oncologist Dattatreyudu Nori.

Contacted on his cell phone by India-West this week, Nori would not respond to questions about whether he was currently treating Gandhi.

Gandhi has not yet been served with the summons, as process servers have been unable to locate her at various New York hospitals, according to Gurpatwant Pannun, attorney for the U.S.-based Sikhs for Justice. The summons most be served within 120 days.

Pannun told India-West that if the organization failed to serve the summons while Gandhi is in the U.S., it will invoke The Hague Convention procedures for serving summons abroad.

“The Congress Party organized the systematic killing of Sikhs in 1984. Sonia has been protecting and shielding killers and giving them important positions within the Congress party,” stated Pannun. “We want to expose Sonia Gandhi’s role in killing thousands and thousands of innocent Sikhs. There have been no investigations of these killings at all,” he stated.

The now powerful scion of the Congress party was not involved in politics when the riots occured in 1984 and did not engage in politics until two years after her husband Rajiv Gandhi’s murder in 1991