US Court Summons Amitabh Bachchan in Connection With 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots

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US Court Summons Amitabh Bachchan in Connection With 1984 Anti-Sikh Riots

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan. (AP)


Washington: 

Bollywood Actor Amitabh Bachchan has been summoned by a US federal court in Los Angeles for his alleged involvement in a human rights violations case.

Mr Bachchan's Hollywood manager, David A Unger, was served with a copy of the Federal Court summons and complaint by the SFJ on February 23.

New York-based Sikh for Justice or SFJ had filed a lawsuit against Mr Bachchan claiming that he had instigated violence against the Sikh community by raising "blood for blood" slogans in 1984.

The movie star has denied such allegations.

Unger is a prominent talent agent and co-owner of 'Three Six Zero Group'.

As per Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Mr Bachchan has 21 days after the notice of the summons to respond to the charges of human rights violations.

"If defendant failed to respond by March 17, we will move the court for entry of default judgment imposing compensatory and punitive damages against Bachchan for instigating violence which took lives of thousands of innocent Sikhs during November, 1984," said Gurpatwant Singh Pannun, legal advisor
to SFJ.

So far, the Sikh rights body has unsuccessfully filed human rights violations lawsuit against several Indian leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his predecessor, Manmohan Singh.
 



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