A three-judge panel of the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals threw out the case, dismissing charges made by rights group Sikhs for Justice that the Congress was responsible for extra judicial killings and the riots that followed the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.
The panel ruled that "even assuming that, as plaintiffs allege, defendants-appellees Indian National Congress Party and (Congress leader) Kamal Nath carried out or were responsible for acts of violence against Sikhs, those acts were taken by Indian nationals against other Indian nationals in India. Under the presumption against extraterritoriality, we lack jurisdiction over plaintiffs' claims."
The panel said the victims' claim lack "sufficient touch and concern" with the United States and also declined to rule on the issues of plaintiffs' standing, the sufficiency of service of process and personal jurisdiction.
SFJ legal advisor Gurpatwant Singh Pannun said that the group will re-litigate the case.
Welcoming the ruling of the court, Congress party's attorney Ravi Batra told PTI that SFJ should accept that its "lawsuit campaign is wrong, stop now and give up."
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